Have You or a Loved One Been a Victim of Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is a very sensitive area of the law in Illinois, especially when children or the elderly are involved. These cases can include sexual abuse by a clergy member, school teacher or school staff member, a coach, or a family member. Sexual abuse also can involve elderly victims abused by nursing home staff members. You may need the help of an experienced Chicago sexual abuse and assault lawyer to help you through this sensitive and complex legal issue. The Chicago lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. often handle these types of sensitive sexual abuse cases and may be able to get you compensation.
What is sexual abuse and where does it happen?
Sexual abuse cases can be pursued by a personal injury attorney (separately from a criminal case) because they fall under the category of injury. Oftentimes, sexual abuse victims have lasting physical and mental injuries that cause all kinds of damages like medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, etc.
Sexual abuse is an undesired sexual act or behavior perpetrated by one person upon another. It is often done using force or coercion or by taking advantage one’s power over another, like a teach or priest. When a person is sexually abused in single event, forceful manner, it is usually called sexual assault, whereas sexual abuse happens over a long period of time.
Sexual abuse or sexual assault can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anybody, but some common places and situations that lead to sexual abuse include:
- Doctors office or medical facilities
- Nursing home
- Mental health facilities
- Foster home
- After school program
- Tutoring facility
- Relative or neighbor’s house
Damages From Sexual Abuse Can Be Long Term
The growing and well-publicized issue in this area of the law is church sex abuse cases in Illinois and nationwide. These cases can unfortunately cause life changing psychological and emotional damages, including flashbacks, depression, dramatic behavioral changes, poor performance in school, and commonly, PTSD. These effects can be a permanent and ongoing issue for the rest of a person’s life.
When the sexual abuse and assault lawyers at our Chicago law firm work on a sex abuse case, we often employ psychologists to interview and evaluate the victim. This helps us the better understand the situation under which the sexual abuse took place, and it also gives us a better idea as to potential damages. At Abels & Annes, we handle sexual abuse cases with the utmost respect and confidentiality. You can trust that everything from our consultation to our last meeting will be handled compassionately.
In addition to the actual abuser, other parties may be held responsible, including churches, schools, and day care centers were sex abuse occurred. These facilities were more than likely negligent in their duties, creating unsafe conditions, doing insufficient background checks, or using hiring practices that led to the abuse.
Other defendants may also include hospitals and nursing homes where insufficient safety practices led to abuse.
Our sexual abuse and assault attorneys represent Chicago residents in claims against health care facilities, churches, schools, daycares, and anywhere sexual abuse happened.
Sexual Abuse Statistics
According to statistics found on RAINN’s website, victims of sexual abuse are:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
Furthermore, 15% of sex abuse victims are under the age of 12, 44% of victims are under the age of 18, and 93% of children sexually abused know their attacker.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault in a Chicago Nursing Home
According to a special investigation committee, 30% of nursing homes around the US were cited for some type of abuse, be it mentally, physically, or sexually. When the committee was done aggregating their report, 5,283 nursing homes and senior car facilities were reported for more than 9,000 cases of abuse. Of course, these figures represent just what the committee caught.
Aside from the physical abuse, like bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, improper hygiene, there were also numerous instances of sexual abuse. Of course, all sexual abuse is vile. But this kind of sexual abuse, those against helpless elderly with no where to turn and no way to fight back, is even more appalling.
Many nursing homes are understaffed, their employees are overworked, and their staff is improperly screened for past violations or criminal records.
If your loved one was sexually abused in a nursing home (or abused in any way in nursing home), feel free to contact the experienced and aggressive attorneys at Abels & Annes. We take these cases very seriously and will do anything and everything in our power to ensure that a family and victim receive the compensation necessary to begin healing..
Sexual Abuse Case Settlements in Chicago
Our law firm is currently working on several high-profile sexual abuse cases in the Chicago area, including claims against the Chicago archdiocese.
$3,200,000 – In 2011 Abels & Annes, P.C. working with co-counsel, settled a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal George, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago involving sexual abuse of a minor boy by former Rev. Daniel McCormack in the amount of $3.2 million dollars, $300,000 of which was placed in escrow for services. The identity of the plaintiff and his family remain confidential. We are now working on several other McCormack cases.
$2,600,000 – Abels & Annes, P.C. helped reach this settlement while working with co-counsel in 2016. To protect our client’s identity, the plaintiff’s name was kept confidential during the proceedings of the claim and through settlement.
Free and Confidential Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Case Consultation
If you or a loved one have an issue to discuss regarding a church sex abuse case or any other type of sexual abuse case in the Chicago area, request a Free Sexual Abuse Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a Chicago sexual abuse and assault attorney now.
***For resources or help, checkout a website ran by RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. They are the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and they have a ton of great resources for literally all types of sexual abuse situations and victims. Find RAINN’s resource page here.