We have seen horrific cases of sex abuse and molestation. Young and old alike suffer similar symptoms such as, anxiety, depression, guilt, doubt, etc. In addition, children who suffer repeated abuse by a trusted family member or friend, such as a priest or pastor, tend to exhibit severe symptoms both during childhood and into adulthood.
Victims of child sex abuse deserve a chance to confront the abuser and a chance to tell their story in their own way, on their own terms. This is one of the most important steps on the road to recovery. Whether it is in the criminal or the civil justice system, or both, victims of child sex abuse often find a sense of relief at the conclusion of the case.
For example, in one civil child sex abuse case, we had the honor of representing a young man who faced his abuser, a sitting state court judge. The judge wrote a public letter of apology, admitting to the abuse, and was later disbarred. For this young man, although the road to recovery is ongoing, the civil case and outcome were significant.
There are many factors that affect how a child recovers from sex abuse or molestation, such as:
- age when the abuse began,
- the nature and extent of the abuse,
- how long the abuse continued,
- the relationship of the abuser to the child and the child’s family, and
- whether the child reported the abuse.
Many victims of child molestation feel lost, empty and unable to cope with the terrible, horrific acts committed by a sexual predator. Therapy, counseling and support play very important parts in recovery. In addition, justice most certainly is a step on the road to recovery. Civil and criminal justice in a child sex abuse case in Pennsylvania is possible. That’s why we offer a free consultation to all victims of child sex abuse.
Related Pennsylvania Priest/Pastor Sex Abuse Legal Articles:
- Rights of Victims of Priest/Clergy Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania
- The Repressed Memory Theory in Pennsylvania Priest and Child Sex Abuse Cases
- What to Expect in Priest/Clergy Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuits in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
- Pennsylvania Priest Sex Abuse Law: The Fraudulent Concealment Exception to the Statute of Limitations
- Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Law: The Statute of Limitations
Pennsylvania Priest & Church Member Sex Abuse Lawyer
Former sex crimes unit prosecutor, Brian Kent, has devoted his entire career to helping victims of sex abuse find justice. For a free, confidential consultation about a Pennsylvania or New Jersey priest/clergy sex abuse case, call Click To Call. Mr. Kent’s law firm has the resources and experience to handle matters outside the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area, and the firm’s sex abuse lawyers can be admitted into other states such as New York.
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