What is Sexual Abuse?
There is a range of actions that constitute sexual harassment or abuse. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
● Verbal conduct of a sexual nature
● Sexually touching any part of the body
● Requests for sexual favors
● Unwelcome sexual advances
● Rape or penetration
Sexual abuse can be implicit or explicit. These acts can cause the victim to feel intimidated, uncomfortable, embarrassed, or unsafe. Prison officials have a duty to protect inmates who have lost the ability to protect themselves. However, inmates don’t always receive this protection.
The Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sexual violence can cause physical damage as well as leave behind emotional scars that last a lifetime. Some physical effects include broken bones, pulled muscles, infections, STD’s and pregnancy. Emotional effects include disassociation, depression, sleep disorder, flashbacks, substance abuse, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Sexual abuse can cause many negative lifelong consequences. Victims have a right to take legal action against their abusers.
The Hayes Firm Can Help
If you need help taking action, the professionals at Hayes Firm in New Jersey can help. We will help you build your case. It can be difficult for sexual abuse victims to come forward and talk about their experiences, but Hayes Firm will treat you with the utmost respect and dignity. Whether you are ready to build a case or if you just have questions, Hayes Firm can assist you. Fill out the contact form on our website or call us at 1-800-603-6833.