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THE THREE PILLARS OF RECOVERY FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

THE THREE PILLARS OF RECOVERY FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

THE THREE PILLARS OF RECOVERY FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS 

Sexual abuse is a traumatic event for everyone who has experienced it.  In cases where this type of abuse is suffered, both physically and psychologically, I have found that it is important to have support from all sides to help the victim and their family through such a difficult time.  Proper assistance can be provided by a sexual assault attorney, and this help can provide the steps to faster healing for the victim of the crime.

ROAD TO RECOVERY

As an attorney who works on sexual abuse cases, I provide assistance for the victim and family three main aspects involved in the case.  Each of these three “pillars” will help support both the victim and their family and facilitate the road to recovery. The three pillars are:

●     Criminal Case– The criminal case is the first step in the process, and involves bringing the victim and the defendant before a criminal court.  The case is tried according to evidence gathered by the police and the attorneys, which then results in a verdict of guilty or innocent for the defendant.

●     Civil Case– The civil case is important due to the fact that there is frequently no criminal prosecution.   Unlike the criminal case, which focuses on the accused, the civil case focuses on the victim.  These cases are able to give a voice to the victim of the crime, which often gives them a sense of empowerment.  In many cases, I have seen victims who feel stifled by the perpetrator and then find civil cases to be empowering because of the ability to speak out against the accused.  For victims, these cases are not always about monetary damages, but more for allowing victims to stand up and speak for themselves. 

●     Support– Support for the victims and their families is crucial for recovery. This support ranges from professional help to informal support from family and friends.  Therapy is important, particularly at the beginning of a case, since it provides the opportunity to begin the healing process with the guidance of an experienced therapist.  Professionals assist victims to work through the event itself and the negative emotions associated with such an event.  In my experience, a victim’s family and friends can also assist by providing assurance to the victim and helping recovery in any way they can. This provides added support from those who are very close to the victim, giving the support a much more personal touch than can be received from professional help.

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