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The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Although sexual violence has decreased by over 50% since 1993, approximately 481,000 people are still victimized each year.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the trial lawyers of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. are experienced in handling sex abuse cases in Buffalo, New York, and can assist you in evaluating your unique situation.
In 2012, Jed Dietrich, Esq. represented a 21-year-old woman who was raped while she was admitted to a hospital in Buffalo, New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. sued the case in the New York State Supreme Court, conducted extensive discovery and fought to obtain a favorable and successful settlement for the young lady.
Each victim of sex abuse has a unique story about what happened and the impact it has had on their life. You and your loved ones deserve the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York to handle your claim. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his top rated team of sex abuse lawyers in Buffalo, New York will battle to obtain the best possible result for YOU!What is Sex Abuse?
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports that 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 6 men in the United States will experience some form of sexual violence at some point in their life.
New York State Penal Law generally defines sex abuse or sexual abuse as subjecting another person to unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact.
Lack of consent results from:
- An abuser using force; and
- A victim being unable to consent because of their age, mental disability, physical disability or other impairment.
Sex abuse includes not only non-consensual fondling and touching of a sexual nature, but also:
- Unwanted touching, fondling, patting or squeezing of the body, especially a person’s private parts;
- Engaging in sexual contact with a minor or an individual who is incapable of giving consent due to age or physical or mental incapacity;
- Sexual stimulation of any nature, including oral and penetrative sex;
- Removal of clothing with the use of threat or force;
- Sexual intimidation, threats and comments;
- Repeated and unwanted sexual remarks, behaviors and gestures;
- Refusing to engage in safe sex practices;
- Exposing children to explicit images or sexually charged language or pornography;
- Taking or requesting inappropriate photographs of a minor for personal use or distribution; and
- Revealing oneself to a child.
This list is not exhaustive. If you believe that you, or a loved one, has been, or are a victim of sex abuse, immediately contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the top rated Buffalo, New York sex abuse lawyers of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at (716) 839-3939 for a free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will come to you and there is never a fee until we WIN for you.Who are the Victims of Sex Abuse?
ANYONE, can be a victim of sex abuse, including: men, women, children, the elderly and physically or mentally handicapped individuals.
Children often fall victim to sex abuse by people in a position of authority. Often sexual predators of children will “groom” their victims so that they can establish a relationship of comfort and trust. Once that relationship is established, the abuser then takes advantage of the situation and inflicts harm upon the victim.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports the following statistics about sexual violence and abuse victims:
If you, or a loved one, have experienced sex abuse you are not alone. Contact the Buffalo, New York sex abuse lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. now by calling (716) 839-3939 so that we can help you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team are your best option to help you with your sex abuse claim.Sex Abuse by Professionals
Sex abuse often involves an inappropriate use of power and other factors such as authority, coercion, physical size and age. Sadly, even professionals that we trust to care for our children, our friends and ourselves may take advantage of their authority and sexually abuse individuals under their control.
Some occupations prohibit sexual relationships between professionals and the individuals they serve. Examples include:
- Counselors – Section A.5.a. of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics prohibits counselor-client sexual interactions or relationships.
- Psychiatrists – Section 2, comment 1 of the American Psychiatric Association’s principles of Medical Ethics prohibits sexual activity between a psychiatrist and a patient.
- Clergy Members – Some religious institutes, such as the Catholic Church, require priests to take vows of celibacy.
- Teachers – Principle III(A)(8) of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators prohibits sexual or romantic relationships between educators and students.
If you, or a loved one, has experienced sex abuse by a counselor, psychiatrist, clergy member, teacher or other professional, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of sex abuse lawyers in Buffalo, New York at (716) 839-3939. We are top sex abuse lawyers in Buffalo, New York.Who are the Defendants in Sex Abuse Cases?
Generally, a victim can file a civil lawsuit against a sex abuser for physical and emotional injuries.
However, there are very strict time deadlines applicable to bringing cases such as this. The time limit to bring a claim may be as short as 90 days to bring a sex abuse claim against a municipality or other institution. Your best advice is to contact our office immediately so that we may advise you appropriately.
If the sex abuse took place at an institution such as a hospital or nursing home facility, the institution may also be liable if it was negligent. That is, if it failed to act with the same level of care that a reasonable person or institution would have in the same or similar circumstances. Such negligence could be established through the failure to enact or follow proper protocols and procedures to monitor staff, co-patients and visitors.
Under the theory of Respondeat Superior an employer is responsible for the acts of its employee while an employee is at work. However, it is incumbent upon the person bringing the claim to prove that the employer knew of the employee’s bad acts. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and the tenacious lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have brought claims like this in the past and obtained successful and favorable outcomes.
Additional information regarding nursing home abuse can be found here.
Sex abuse by a professional such as a therapist or a priest may lead to an abuser’s employer being held responsible if the employer was negligent. An employer’s negligence may be established through evidence of:
- Negligent hiring;
- Negligent supervision;
- Failure to conduct thorough background checks;
- Failure to act reasonably in response to dangers posed by the employee;
- Failure to conduct a proper investigation into known allegations of an employee’s sexual misconduct; or
- Failure to maintain proper protocols or procedures.
Each sex abuse case is unique. It is best to contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. now at (716) 839-3939 so that we can help you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his highly rated team of Buffalo, New York sex abuse lawyers are your best option to help if you have experienced sex abuse.What are the Effects of Sex Abuse?
Victims of sex abuse may be left with physical, mental and emotional injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives.
Often, victims of sex abuse blame themselves for the awful treatment that they endured.
As a result, victims may develop unhealthy ideas about sexual relationships that can lead to emotional distress or engaging in destructive behaviors.
Common effects of sex abuse include:
- Depression – A mood disorder associated with prolonged periods of sadness or hopelessness; and
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – An anxiety disorder which results from the experience of a traumatic event and can lead to flashbacks, hyper-arousal and avoidance.
Child victims of sex abuse may also suffer from a reduced sense of self-worth, low self-esteem and depression. As a result, these children may experience sudden changes in behavior including violent outbursts or decreased quality of schoolwork. Later in life, victims of childhood sex abuse are often likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, personality disorders and alcohol or drug addictions.
If you, or a loved one, has experienced sex abuse, contact Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of sex abuse lawyers in Buffalo, New York at (716) 839-3939 for your free consultation.
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