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The physical, emotional and mental impacts of sexual abuse

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a devastating violation of rights. It is a heinous crime that can leave lasting physical, emotional and psychological scars on victims. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, are you aware of your rights to seek compensation? Additionally, how can you pursue justice in order to heal and reclaim your life?

What is sexual abuse?

Oregon law defines sexual abuse as any form of nonconsensual sexual contact. Examples of sexual abuse are rape, sodomy and unwanted sexual touching.

Physical and financial damages

Victims can claim damages for their various forms of suffering. First, they have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses incurred as a result of the abuse. This can include costs for medical treatment, therapy and rehabilitation. In addition, if the abuse has caused the victim to miss work, they can seek compensation for lost wages or income.

Emotional and mental pains

Beyond physical injuries, sexual abuse can cause immense emotional and psychological trauma. Therefore, victims can also seek compensation for their pain, suffering and emotional distress. They can claim damages for their anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions resulting from the abuse.

Punishing the abusers

In some cases, the court might grant punitive damages to the victim. Unlike compensatory damages, which aim to compensate the victim for their losses, punitive damages aim to punish the abuser and deter future abuse. The court usually awards these damages in cases where the abuser’s conduct was particularly harmful or malicious.

A brave step toward recovery

Going through the legal process can be complex and overwhelming, especially for sexual abuse victims. By securing legal assistance, you may take a brave step toward recovery by protecting your rights and striving for the compensation and justice you deserve.