Sexual Abuse


Have You Been the Victim of Sexual Abuse in Texas?

Has Your Child or Elderly Parent Been a Victim of Sexual Abuse in Texas?

The state of Texas defines sexual assault very clearly in its laws. Basically, sexual assault is any act of a sexual nature forced upon a victim without the victim’s consent.

While this is a felony criminal offense, punishable by incarceration and/or a fine, our involvement has to do with addressing the long-term repercussions of such a case and the pursuit of financial compensation for the victim through a personal injury claim to attempt to provide solace and eventual recovery from its gravely deleterious effects.

According to statistics about sexual abuse in the state of Texas compiled in recent years by the Texas Association of Sexual Assault, more than a quarter of a million children and over 100,000 adults are abused by sexual assault each year. The great majority of victims are female, especially among those attending college, while children between the ages of 10 to 14 comprise the most frequent targets. Tragically, most of these incidents are never reported to authorities.

Who Is Responsible for Such an Assault?

There are many variations on this dark theme. Where did it happen? When did it happen? Was the victim a child or an adult? What are the crime’s repercussions?

Most of these crimes are committed by people with whom the victim is acquainted, even members of the victim’s own family, rarely involve alcohol abuse, and frequently have occurred repeatedly, sometimes many years ago. Some incidents involve inappropriate gestures, language or groping, even through clothing, while other instances include much more specific invasions of a lascivious and pornographic nature.

Whether the victim is a child or an adult, sexual assaults often occur within the setting of a school, hospital, place of worship, sports venue, camp, day care center, nursing home or other similar types of facilities. The abuser is often an employee or figure within the victim’s scope of trust, such as a teacher, coach, nurse, doctor, therapist, member of the clergy or other type of staff. In these situations, blame is not only attributable to the abuser but also to the employer, sponsoring organization or other involved commercial enterprise who has given such an offender authority over people within its care. If proper supervision, training or hiring background procedures had been implemented, perhaps the crime never would have been committed.

What Are the Symptoms of Sexual Abuse?

For a child, the ramifications of such a crime are very serious. Besides manifestations as physical trauma and pain, including sexually transmitted disease or even pregnancy, the more common and insidious effects have to do with the long-term psychological damage to the child’s self-esteem, evidenced by residual shame; fear of the consequences of disclosure based on threats received; anxiety; depression; suicidal tendencies and more.

Although all adults react to this personal violation with similarly distressing symptoms, it is the elderly who display the most egregious effects, often retreating into a withdrawn state, silently suffering the physical anguish of the attacks alone. What frequently follows is deterioration both of the body and the spirit, with extreme despondency as their most prevalent state of mind.

You Need a Powerful Legal Advocate!

If you or a loved one have been a victim of this abominable atrocity, it is your responsibility and duty to help them heal from its profoundly toxic wounds. While you may not be a professional doctor or therapist, and you may not have the financial resources to access such crucial help, you can do something immediately which can address these critical needs.

By calling the Houston law firm of Joel A. Gordon and Associates, you can receive a free, confidential consultation with a caring, compassionate and experienced attorney who has valuable insights and critical analysis to plead this type of case. During this meeting, you will learn exactly how a personal injury claim can help you if negligence can be blamed for the crime’s occurrence. By discussing the details of your situation, we will be in a much better position to not only advise you about how you can proceed but also to provide an estimate of what kind of financial retribution this kind of case can bring.

While we fully understand that no amount of money can ever undo the damage that has been done, a significant financial recovery in a case of this type can give you the means with which to afford the kind of medical treatments, psychological counseling and long-term therapies which can help the victim regain hope and find peace once again.

Since the state of Texas can limit the time in which you can file, it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible.