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Were You Or Your Loved One A Victim Of Sexual Assault, Abuse Or Molestation?
The attorneys at Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., recognize the devastating effects sexual assault has on victims and their families. Victims of sexual assault are often so traumatized that they have difficulty even reporting what happened to them, let alone determining what legal steps they should take.
Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., has litigated multiple civil cases arising out of sexual assault and abuse throughout the State of Maryland. We are familiar with cases, both against the perpetrator and a third-party individual or entity, including the applicable statute of limitations.
Regardless of when the assault happened — even if you were only a child — you may still have a course of action. Throughout the process, we will maintain absolute confidentiality and will only move forward with what you are comfortable with. We have helped many clients throughout Maryland gain compensation and treatment, and we are ready to do the same for you. Call our office at (410) 685-2022 or fill out our online contact form to speak directly with an experienced Baltimore sexual crimes attorney.
Maryland Sexual Assault Statistics
The unfortunate reality is that anyone can encounter sexual assault, whether an adult or a child. According to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA):
- An estimated 44% of women and 23% of men in the state have experienced some form of sexual violence.
- Roughly 457,000 (1%) report having been raped or experienced attempted rape in their lifetime.
Tragically, sexual abuse against children is also prevalent in Maryland. Many cases of child sexual abuse or molestation go unreported to law enforcement.
As reported by MCASA, the most recent data available shows:
- An estimated 24% of children in Maryland have been victims of sexual abuse.
- Only around 12-30% of these cases get reported.
- Perpetrators of sexual crimes against children are most often people that the victim knows.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., our Baltimore sexual assault attorneys know how difficult it can be for a survivor to come forward. We provide the compassionate, dedicated representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.
A victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse may be entitled to damages through a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator or a liable third-party. We work closely with various nonprofits that advocate for the rights of victims, as well as experts that can outline the damages associated with the case.
Cases that our lawyers have handled include:
- Human trafficking
- Ongoing sexual abuse from clergy or other religious figures
- Child molestation from a close family member
- Assault or rape by a stranger while in a public place, such as a hotel, shopping center, parking lot, or alley
- Sexual predation in a school or another caregiving environment
Contact our Baltimore sexual assault attorneys for more information on how to receive compensation after a sexual assault, sexual abuse, or molestation. We have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injury victims through the state.
Sexual violence is one of the most abhorrent crimes that can be committed, and perpetrators must be held responsible. Our lawyers will help get you justice not only against a sexual predator that committed the act but also against a negligent party that failed to protect you or your loved one. A civil lawsuit can help hold negligent parties accountable for their failure to provide a safe environment that resulted in the attack.
Types of Sexual Assault in Maryland
While a person can be held criminally responsible for an act of sexual violence, a victim may not receive any compensation through the court. Sexual assault victims must pursue civil litigation and a claim for damages in order to receive fair and just compensation.
Victims of such a horrible experience should have access to the counseling and resources they need to recover fully. Without financial assistance, many victims go without these essentials.
It is crucial to know that there are people who can help. In addition to reporting the crime to law enforcement, you can seek compensation through a civil case. Depending on the situation, a third-party may be liable for your injuries.
For example, if the assault occurred while you were at work, your employer may be held accountable for failing to provide a safe workplace. If a rape or act of sexual violence happens on a college campus, the school may be responsible for failing to provide adequate security or lighting. No matter the situation, if you were involved in a sexual assault, contact our office to discuss your options with a Baltimore abuse crimes attorney.
Sexual Assaults on Campus
Sexual violence is all too common on campuses across the United States. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 11.2% “of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).”
College-aged female students between the ages of 18 and 24 are three times more likely to experience sexual violence. Campuses and universities have a duty to keep students safe. When they fail to provide adequate security, install proper lighting, or report abuse to authorities, they must be held accountable. If you experienced sexual assault on a college in Maryland, contact our office today.
What to Do If You Have Experienced Sexual Abuse
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, sexual assault, molestation, or any other act of sexual violence, call 9-1-1 immediately. You always have the right to come forward and need to let law enforcement know if you are not in a safe place.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 8 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. In sexual abuse cases involving children, 93% of the victims knew the perpetrator. Most were committed by an acquaintance of the juvenile victim, and nearly one-third were committed by a family member.
- Whether you are a child or an adult, you have rights and should not stay silent after sexual abuse of any kind. Contact law enforcement or report the crime through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
- Seek medical attention immediately for any injuries. The hospital may ask that you do a sexual assault forensic exam to help identify the perpetrator through DNA on your clothes or body. We understand that this is not easy, but it can be necessary in order to hold the perpetrator criminally and civilly liable for their wrongdoing.
- If you are struggling mentally or emotionally after the incident, consider talking to a professional. A sexual assault can profoundly impact a person’s mental health. Mental Health America states that not only do many sexual abuse victims experience flashbacks, they are also at an increased risk for mental health disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, eating disorders, and anxiety.
How Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. Can Help
To protect your rights, you want to act quickly after a crime occurs. We know it can be challenging to come forward, but it is important to file a claim within the statute of limitations in a civil lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine how long you have to commence a claim depending on whether you were a child at the time the abuse occurred.
Our lawyers will walk you through what legal recourse you can take against the person or parties responsible for your injuries. Damages in sexual assault cases may be economic and non-economic, including medical bills, counseling, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, and suffering.
Know that sexual assault is not your fault and that you should never feel ashamed. You deserve to be heard. Let us help tell your story and get you the compensation you are entitled to under Maryland law. We are committed to providing sexual abuse victims the compassionate, honest representation they deserve. You can contact our offices for a free consultation at (410) 685-2022.