Sexual abuse is any form of forced or unwanted sexual activity. The perpetrator may use physical force, make threats or take advantage of the victim. Sexual abuse can happen between people who know each other and can occur in the context of domestic violence. Sexual abuse has an immense impact on the victim’s physical, mental and emotional health. It can lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse, hire an attorney as soon as possible. Your sexual abuse attorney will help you protect your rights.
The following is a list of ten general types of sexual abuse:
- Date/Acquaintance Rape: This is unwanted, coerced or forced sexual penetration that occurs between people who know each other and may be in a dating relationship.
- Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV): When rape or sexual assault occurs between two people who have had a consensual sexual relationship in the past, it is called Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV). IPSV can occur in dating relationships or marriages.
- Alcohol or Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: This occurs when alcohol or drugs are used to subdue the victim.
- Child Sexual Abuse: Any sexual contact with a child is illegal. Offenders who target children use a variety of strategies to engage a child, including force, trickery, bribery and blackmail. Child sexual abuse can be perpetrated by another child, a young person or an adult.
- Incest: When a parent, sibling or other family member sexually abuse someone within the family, it is called incest.
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Paying someone for sexual activities or for sexually graphic behavior or materials. Commercial sexual exploitation includes prostitution, nude bars, live sex shows and peep shows. This is especially egregious if minors and adults who have been trafficked are involved.
- Professional Sexual Exploitation: Inappropriate use of sexual actions and words by professionals.
- Systematic Sexual Abuse: This involves numerous perpetrators and victims. In systematic sexual abuse, victims are usually controlled and is most common in cults and other quasi-religious settings.
- Sexual Harassment: This includes any unwanted verbal sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, school and other settings.
- Indecent Exposure, Peeping, Hidden Cameras: These are various forms of sexual abuse. The offenders in this type of sexual abuse come from different backgrounds and usually have a long history of inappropriate behavior.
Are You or a Loved One a Victim of Sexual Abuse? Speak to an Attorney.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at The Reinken Law Firm. We are dedicated to helping sexual abuse victims get the justice they deserve and compensation for damages, including pain and suffering. Contact our sexual abuse attorneys for a confidential free consultation at 203-541-0090.