Bethlehem Sexual Assault Lawyer

Unwanted sexual contact occurs around us every day, and unfortunately, it happens to us, as well. Data from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) suggests that there are approximately 463,634 victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States each year, and more than 2 out of 3 assaults go unreported to law enforcement.

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we advocate for victims of all unwanted and inappropriate sexual treatment, such as molestation, rape, incest, and other similar forms of abuse. We understand how traumatizing it can be to discuss the harm you have suffered, and we want you to know that we are here to help you seek justice against the person who hurt you.

If you or someone you know has suffered inappropriate contact, consider reaching out to our legal team to discuss what happened. A compassionate Bethlehem sexual assault lawyer at our office is available to speak with you in a completely confidential and completely free consultation at your convenience.

Recognizing Signs of Abuse

Because of the fact that so many people are victims of abuse and assault, there are known signs of abuse that we can look for. Here are some of the most common signs if you believe someone you know is currently suffering or has recently suffered abuse:

  • Unexplained bruising, cuts, or welts
  • Sudden change in behavior when a particular person is present
  • Sudden fear of being with certain people
  • Unexplained emotional changes
  • Low self-esteem
  • Insomnia
  • Sudden acts of self-harm
  • Panic attacks
  • Unexplained withdrawal or psychological changes
  • Change of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Knowledge of sex or sexual behavior beyond what is age-appropriate

It’s important to note that these are general signs of abuse; not all victims will show these signs, and the presence of these signs does not mean that an individual is being abused. However, if you are concerned for the safety and well-being of your loved one, you should bring them somewhere safe, talk to them about your concerns, and get them the help they need. Consider contacting a Bethlehem sexual assault lawyer if you have any confirmed suspicions to discuss how to move forward in taking legal action.

Where Abuse Occurs

In many situations, the abuser is in a position of authority, an adult who has some kind of power over the victim and causes the victim to feel isolated and defenseless. According to statistics from RAINN, 55% of sexual assaults occur in or near the victim’s home. However, other common places where abuse occurs are:

  • Churches or other places of worship
  • Schools, including colleges and universities
  • Daycares or other childcare facilities
  • Spas and massage parlors
  • Workplaces
  • Jails and prisons
  • Doctor’s offices and medical facilities
  • Nursing homes

Unfortunately, perpetrators of these heinous acts seek out opportunities wherever and whenever they believe they can get away with it. As long as they have it in their minds to inflict abuse, it’s likely going to occur, no matter where they are. Another unfortunate reality is that no one type of individual commits these unwanted sexual acts. Perpetrators could be anyone who works or visits any of the places mentioned above.

What Can You Do After Being Sexually Assaulted?

The immediate aftermath of a traumatic event such as an assault can be confusing and distressing for victims, making it difficult for them to know what to do next. It’s best to do the following as best you can:

  • Get to safety as soon as you are able, or if the victim is someone you know, help them get away from the dangerous person or situation as quickly as you can.
  • Report the act to local law enforcement immediately so that an official report is made and a paper trail is started.
  • Seek medical attention; even if you believe your injuries are minor, you should be thoroughly examined by a medical professional.
  • Contact a lawyer who specializes in sexual assault and abuse cases to help you pursue a criminal case against the person who harmed you.

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we understand the sensitive nature of your experience and how difficult it can be to bring up trauma you have suffered, but we are here to help you seek justice for what you’ve been through and prevent it from happening to someone else. Reach out to our office today for your free and confidential consultation. Speaking with a Bethlehem sexual assault lawyer is the first step toward regaining control over your life.

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    Student sexually harassed and assaulted by high school teacher

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