Delaware Sexual Abuse Lawyer

If you are a survivor of sexual assault or abuse who is interested in bringing your abuser to justice, contact a compassionate Delaware sexual abuse attorney for help obtaining the compensation you need to regain control of your life.

Few actions are more despicable than sexual abuse. Far too many perpetrators of sexual abuse are able to narrowly avoid conviction in criminal court, or they receive sentences that don’t come close to matching the devastation they’ve caused.

Fortunately, you have the opportunity to hold your abuser accountable for his or her abominable actions by filing a civil lawsuit that will allow you to seek compensation for what the abuser put you through. Your Delaware sexual abuse lawyer at Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor can help you ensure that you get the most out of your claim for compensation.

Signs of Sex Abuse

There are many red flags that can alert you when someone is suffering from sexual abuse. Although noticing just one of these may not be a cause for concern, if you notice that someone you love is exhibiting many of the following warning signs, he or she may be experiencing sexual abuse:

  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Loss of appetite
  • Recoiling at physical touch
  • Withdrawing socially
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Weight loss or gain

Once you suspect sexual abuse, you might be unsure of what you should do next. First, attempt to bring your concerns to the person you suspect is suffering from abuse. At first, the victim may outright deny that he or she is being abused; this is not uncommon.

Then, depending on your situation, you will need to make sure that the person is immediately taken out of harm’s way. Once the victim is safe, you may reach out to local law enforcement and a reputable therapist with expertise in handling the effects of sexual abuse.

Hold Your Abuser Accountable

Whether your abuser was found guilty or not guilty in criminal proceedings, you have the right to file a claim against him or her in civil court. This claim can help you recover monetary compensation for your losses. Some of the most commonly sought damages in Delaware sexual abuse claims include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Mental health counseling
  • Relocation costs
  • Legal fees
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Transportation costs to and from treatment
  • Medical expenses
  • The loss of companionship and love
  • Mental anguish

Keep in mind that, in most cases, your Delaware sexual abuse claim will be subject to a two-year statute of limitations. That means you only have two years to gather evidence and file your claim. For child sexual abuse claims, however, Delaware imposes no such time limit.

Consult a Delaware Sexual Abuse Attorney

If you are considering filing a civil lawsuit against the person or people responsible for your sexual abuse, speak with an experienced Delaware sexual abuse lawyer at Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor. You can schedule your free claim review today by giving our office a call at 302-734-8400 or completing the contact form below.