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Recovering from Sexual Abuse

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sexual abuse, San Jose personal injury attorneys, civil lawsuit, California Victims Compensation Fund, self-defenseSexual abuse is an act of violence and a violation of trust. It can occur among children, among spouses and those in dating relationships, with patients in hospitals or nursing homes, as well as among employers and employees. In addition to the serious personal injuries that can result, it can leave lasting emotional scars as well. While you cannot erase or forget what has happened, the following are steps you can take to help you recover.

Dealing With the Trauma of Sexual Abuse

The trauma suffered by survivors of sexual abuse can end up following them for decades afterward, impacting nearly every area of your life. It can alter how you feel about yourself and disrupt your social activities, your professional development, and your relationships.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) advises that recovery from the physical violence and emotional impacts of sexual abuse is an individual process. It is different for everyone and there is no specific time table in regards to healing. The following are suggestions that have proved helpful to others:

  • Working with a therapist: Therapy can provide a valuable resource for getting answers to questions, expressing feelings, and learning strategies that can help you cope.

  • Self-defense and safety planning: Taking a self defense class and developing an action oriented safety plan can help alleviate fears and restore a feeling of personal power.

  • Self care is vital: Rather than engaging in unhealthy behaviors, such as drinking to excess, smoking or taking drugs, and engaging in negative self talk, be kind with yourself instead. Make sure you are eating right, getting enough rest, and engaging in a few hobbies or activities you enjoy.

Seeking Justice Against Your Attacker

Sexual abuse can leave you feeling powerless. In addition to pressing criminal charges against your attacker, filing a civil lawsuit offers several important benefits:

  • It can help provide a sense of justice;

  • It can encourage others to speak up about their own experiences;

  • It can offset some of the medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs you incur as the result of your assault.

It is important to explore all of your options in terms of seeking legal recourse after an assault. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages from the person who attacked you, from his or her employer or administrators involved in the situation, from security guards who failed to protect you, and from others either directly or indirectly involved in your case. You may also be entitled to compensation through programs such as the California Victims Compensation Fund.

Contact Us Today for Help

In the aftermath of sexual abuse, it is important to realize you are not alone. At Jachimowicz Law Group, we provide the caring support you need as you recover, while helping you hold those responsible accountable. Reach out and contact our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys and request a confidential consultation today.

Sources:

http://victims.ca.gov/victims/

https://www.rainn.org/recovering-sexual-violence

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