Child Sexual Abuse on the Rise During Lockdown

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, there has been a rise in the percentage of child abuse cases as a majority of the country is in lockdown. There was a 22% increase in monthly calls from people younger than 18.

About Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is devastating. This is especially true when abusers take the form of a trusted person like a mentor, teacher, or caregiver. It can take a lifetime to mend the emotional and mental pain after sexual abuse. This is why The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse receive civil justice. Someone in a position of authority should have protected you, and we will hold him or her accountable.

Child Abuse Increasing

According to RAINN, the increase in child abuse is on the rise. Scarily, a majority of those who reported abuse identified the perpetrator as a family member, and he or she is living with the abuser. This escalation is a direct result of COVID-19 since children are not in school. Instead, they are quarantined at home with their abuser. For these children, the home is not a safe place. Plus, official reports are not triggering quick investigations due to no-contact orders. Previously, welfare workers would go into a home to remove a child. However, the coronavirus has made this process difficult.

It is important to know that when you are sexually abused, there is usually more than one person to blame for your abuse. It isn’t just the person who caused you trauma, but it could be the hospital, school, care facility owner, and the very property owner where your abuse took place. This is why it is important to call The Michael Brady Lynch Firm for your confidential and free case review. We will also explore the statutes of limitation in your state.

Premises Liability

If the owner of the property suspects sexual abuse is taking place and fails to prevent the crime, he or she could be found liable. For example, if the owner fails to put adequate security items like an alarm system, sufficient lighting around the building, patrolled parking lots, or doesn’t fix windows or locks, this could have caused the crime to occur.

Locations include:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Shopping centers
  • Retail stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Apartment buildings
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Recreational facilities
  • Amusement parks
  • Banks
  • Gas stations
  • Parks
  • Beaches

Therefore, compensation could be available if sexual abuse happened on someone else’s property.

Get Sexual Abuse Legal Help

Survivors of sexual abuse can file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of criminal prosecution. Civil lawsuits can help a survivor seek monetary damages. This compensation can never change the abuse suffered but can help rebuild a life. Plus, a civil suit can deter future abuse. It is important if you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse to contact us. We will provide a free consultation and instruct any avenues available to you for civil litigation. It doesn’t matter if the abuse happened years ago, you may still be able to get justice.

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