Walton Telken Fights for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Sexual Abuse is a unique crime, in that the effects on the survivors last for decades after the fact. Recovering from sexual assault can look different for each survivor. Often times the effects of sexual abuse will keep victims from speaking up or reporting their abuse to law enforcement.
In many cases, the sexual abuse goes beyond the perpetrator. Facilitators, like the ones famously reported on in the Penn State Football and USA Gymnastics Scandals, are as guilty in enabling the abuse as the sexual abuser themselves. Numerous institutions have been held accountable for failing to provide a safe environment.
The state of Illinois allows survivors of sexual abuse to file suits against their abusers through civil claims. Lawsuits can also be filed against a large organization or business who were responsible for facilitating the abuse. While we understand that a monetary result will not change the past abuse, it can help compensate survivors and hopefully prevent others from future harm.
Stephanie Lyons of Walton Telken Injury Lawyers is here to help survivors of sexual abuse or assault and discuss their possible claims against the individual perpetrator and institution. Stephanie Lyons understands that it can be hard for a survivor to discuss their abuse and the effects of the abuse. She will handle your case with the utmost sensitivity and care while pursuing your claim with passion and aggression.
Types of Sexual Abuse Claims
Sexual Abuse can be facilitated through a number of avenues. Some examples include:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Abuse of a Mentally Disabled Person
- Sexual Abuse of a Child
- Sexual Abuse in a community center or volunteer organization
- Sexual Abuse in a church or religious organization
- Sexual Abuse in the workplace
- Cultivation of a hostile sexist environment in the workplace
- Sexual Abuse in Daycares and Schools
- Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
- Sexual Abuse by Law Enforcement Officials
Sexual Abuse includes a wide-ranging list of actions, including unwarranted touching in private places, pervasive inappropriate language and other sexual acts which occur without consent. Other examples of sexual abuse can be:
- Aggressive Strip Searches by Law enforcement
- Inappropriate Touching by Authority Figures
- Blackmailing or promising favors in exchange for sexual favors by Authority Figures
- Threats of Violence in Exchange for Sexual Favors
The damages from these acts can be long ranging depending on the age and role of the abuser in the victim’s life. The damages you can collect from these offenses can stem from the physical and emotional abuse. Our attorney, Stephanie Lyons, can confidentially discuss your options as a survivor seeking the justice that you deserve.
Who Can You Hold Responsible for Sexual Assault?
It is not uncommon for sexual perpetrators to seek out positions of authority and use the power they hold in their respective positions against the survivor. Some examples of these authority figures include:
- Supervisors at Work
- Preists or Youth Pastors
- Teachers or Coaches
- Police Officers or Security Officials
- Daycare Supervisors
- CNA’s or Nurses in a Nursing Home
Not only can you hold these individuals accountable for sexual abuse, but you may be able to hold the organizations they work for accountable too. For example, if you have been abused by a priest, the church can be held accountable. If you’re abused by a teacher, the school can be held accountable.
There are many voices and stories in the media which can make it seem discouraging or even pointless to pursue your attacker. But the Sexual Abuse Attorneys at Walton Telken encourage every survivor of sexual abuse in Illinois to come forward and hold their abusers accountable. Holding both the individual and the organization accountable can help you seek the justice you deserve and may prevent the others from future harm.
Contact an Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse in any of the aforementioned forms listed above, you have the power to take action against your abuser. Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyer Stephanie Lyons will confidentially review your potential claim against the individual abuser and/or institutions responsible.
Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyer Stephanie Lyons will be compassionate and discreet in handling your case while seeking justice from those who have harmed you. For a free and confidential conversation about your sexual abuse, call (618) 272-2284 for your consultation today.
The attorneys at Walton Telken understand that the decision to discuss your sexual abuse can be difficult. If you need immediate counseling or care RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) provides 24 hour GET HELP Line: 800.656.4673 or you can find numerous resources to assist survivors and family members of survivors on their website www.rainn.org