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Sexual Assault

The Massachusetts sexual assault injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman are committed to working with victims of sexual violence, whether at school, at church, while participating in a club or sporting event, or while at an apartment complex, restaurant, club or other place of business.

Allegations against the Catholic Church and several high-profile sexual abuse allegations against universities, schools and even daycares has highlighted the tragic issue of sexual abuse, particularly those cases involving young children.

These are extremely complex cases and are often vigorously contested by churches, universities or other large organizations. Physical and mental health issues must be carefully considered. And cases for damages must be built by a law firm with the knowledge, experience and financial resources necessary to bring such claims to justice. Experts in the field of child psychology and sex abuse are often necessary. And fighting the opposing lawyers and insurance companies can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to force settlement negotiations or prepare a case for the courtroom.

Sexual Abuse and Massachusetts Personal Injury Claims

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence:

  • 8 in 10 victims of sexual violence knew their attacker.
  • 1 in 4 woman experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted in their youth.
  • Child sex abuse is reported 90,000 times a year; the true number of cases is much higher.
  • Two-thirds of all reported sexual assaults involve juveniles. One-third are under the age of 12.

The consequences of child sex abuse are often insidious. Adult survivors of abuse are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, are more likely to end up in abusive relationships, are more likely to abuse and are more likely to engage in other risk-taking or anti-social behavior.

In recent years, the Catholic Church has been at the forefront of abuse allegations. In the past decade, nearly 5,000 priests and deacons in the United States have been accused of sexual abuse There are believed to be more than 10,000 victims, about 80 percent of whom are male. These numbers represent less than 5 percent of the more than 100,000 priests in the U.S. More than half of the accused priests have more than one accusation against them.

Regardless of where abuse occurs, these are complex cases that often involve allegations that are years old. Each case must be thoroughly investigated by a law firm that has the resources to pursue a personal injury claim against even the largest organizations and their attorneys and insurance companies.

If your are dealing with a sexual abuse claim in Massachusetts, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. There are never any fees unless we are successful in making a recovery on your behalf.

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