Cases Against Day Care Centers
“Sexual assault” is a general term that includes: rape, incest, child molestation, marital rape, date rape, sexual harassment, sodomy, sexual abuse, voyeurism, and indecent exposure. Sexual assault is a violent act committed primarily by a perpetrator who needs to feel powerful and in control by forcing someone else to participate in unwanted sexual activity. Often, the victim fears for his or her life or physical well-being and feels that there is no choice but to do what the attacker wants. Sexual offenders are prosecuted criminally, but sometimes those who are supposed to be protectors of vulnerable persons fail to do their jobs.
Victims of childhood sexual abuse often experience long-lasting effects of the incident. Sometimes the effects are not known for years, and suddenly surface at a later point in the individual’s life. In all cases, however, childhood sexual abuse negatively impacts its victims, either immediately after or later on in that person’s life. Victims of sexual abuse who are children often feel like the abuse is their fault. Being sexually abused by an adult also violates a child’s trust, making the child wary of adults in general, even though these are people that the child should be able to trust and count on. The majority of sexually abused children report feelings of guilt and shame, as well as embarrassment and powerlessness. They often try to hide the fact that it happened to them. This suppression of emotions is not healthy and often childhood sexual abuse victims find that the feelings they have suppressed resurface later on in their lives.
In sexual molestation and assault cases against third-parties (such as day care providers or hospitals) compensatory damages can help those who were harmed put their lives back together.