You Are Not Alone. You Deserve to Be Heard.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, you may be hesitant to come forward with your claims. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics, only 23% of victims report their sexual abuse. Their reasons are heartbreaking. The DOJ data suggests that many survivors fear retaliation. Others do not think the authorities will help them.
Sexual abuse is never your fault. However, the grief, trauma, and lasting harm caused by sexual assault are very real.
At Phelan Petty, we stand with survivors of sexual assault in Virginia. We believe that all survivors deserve to have their voices heard and a chance to demand accountability from the people and institutions that harmed them.
What Is Sexual Abuse and Assault?
Sexual abuse is shockingly common. One in three women and one in six men will experience sexual abuse or assault in their lifetimes. For transgender people, a staggering one in two people will experience sexual abuse.
While sexual abuse can take many different forms, it always includes unwanted touching or sexual behavior using force, manipulation, coercion, or threat. Sexual activities with a child or with someone who is physically or mentally incapacitated are also sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse can happen anywhere. However, most victims know the perpetrator. Common situations involve:
- Clergy members and church personnel
- Workplace sexual violence
- Daycare and school-related abuse
- Medical professionals and sports physicians
If you’re unsure whether someone’s conduct was sexual abuse, contact law enforcement authorities or our sexual abuse lawyers today. Consultations are always free and confidential.
Virginia Sexual Assault Survivors Need a Lawyer Who Will Listen to Their Voice and Fight for Them
If you are a survivor of sexual violence, it is likely that you’ve suffered life-changing injuries that require intense physical and psychological care. Depending on your circumstances, you may have legal options to get the support you need.
Phelan Petty helps survivors get the answers and assistance they deserve, including access to mental health treatment and financial compensation. We treat our clients with compassion and care, but we’re not afraid to stand up to the powerful organizations that enabled sexual abuse for years or even decades.
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Because are selective and only handle a limited number of cases each year, we can dedicate more time and resources to our sexual abuse and assault clients. Our law firm also works closely with respected experts, including physicians, mental health specialists, and investigators. To learn more about Phelan Petty and our unique approach to Virginia sexual abuse claims, contact us today.
Phelan Petty: A Compassionate Approach to Virginia Sexual Assault Claims
We fight for our clients with empathy and compassion and use sophisticated legal strategies to get them the help they deserve. Our priority is ensuring sexual abuse victims have the resources they need to overcome their trauma.
Our lawyers are advocates for sexual abuse victims and are committed to lending their meticulous, thorough legal skills to survivors. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and want to discuss your legal options with a compassionate, experienced sexual abuse attorney, don’t hesitate to fill out our confidential online contact form or call us at 804-980-7100. Case evaluations are confidential and free.
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Sexual violence and the transgender community (n.d.). Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Retrieved from https://mcasa.org/assets/files/Sexual-Violence-and-the-Transgender-Community2.pdf
Statistics (n.d.) National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Retrieved from https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics