Our Michigan child sexual abuse injury lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the laws regarding child sexual abuse and the lifelong effects on the victim.
We understand the extremely sensitive nature of the case, how trying a lawsuit can be for the victim, and the importance of maintaining client confidentiality.
We represent clients throughout the state of Michigan and fight to win them the compensation and justice they deserve.
Statistics On Child Sexual Abuse
The prevalence of child sexual abuse can be difficult to accurately determine because it often goes unreported. Child sexual abuse is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary depending upon who conducts the study.
That being said, the following sexual abuse statistics represent some of the research conducted on child sexual abuse.
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse
- 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual abuse incident
- Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of American youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized
- 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well
- Children who experienced rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college
Signs Of Child Sexual Abuse
In some cases, instances of child sexual abuse remain unreported because children have a difficult time communicating their experience to adults who can help them. Some children will not tell a parent or adult because they feel shame, guilt, or embarrassment. In some cases, children may be confronted with threats from the abuser.
There are certain signs of sex abuse that may indicate a child has been through a traumatic experience like abuse. These include:
- Changes in behavior, like extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness, or excessive crying
- Bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to bed, or other sleep disturbances
- Acting out inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters
- A sudden acting out of aggressive or rebellious behavior
- Regression to infantile behavior, like clinging to a parent
- Behavioral problems in school
- Changes in toilet-training habits
- A fear of certain places, people, or activities
- Multiple or poorly explained injuries, like bruises, rashes, cuts, or limping
- Pain, itching, bleeding, fluid, or rawness in the private areas
Lawsuits For Child Sexual Abuse
Victims of child sexual abuse do have legal rights against their abusers as well as those who negligently permitted the abuse to occur.
The damages and injuries caused by child sexual abuse are far-reaching and often last a lifetime. These can include physical injuries as well as severe psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The lingering effects of child abuse can hurt a victim's self-esteem, their ability to form relationships, and their ability to obtain and maintain employment.
Lawsuits against child abusers not only seek to bring criminals to justice, but they also seek compensation for the victims in order to help them heal. Victims may face high medical bills, the need for mental health care, and other financial burdens brought on by the abuse.
Larry Nassar Lawsuits: Michigan State University Sexual Abuse Settlements
Unfortunately, the state of Michigan has made headlines recently over the widespread sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar, a former sports physician at Michigan State University.
MSU has faced litigation over their inaction in preventing the abuse. The university agreed to settle with plaintiffs, in the form of $425 million to be paid to the 332 victims who are currently part of the lawsuit.
However, more victims are continuing to come forward. The settlement also includes $75 million in reserve that will be used to compensate any victims who come forward in the future.
The attorneys who worked tirelessly to achieve the initial verdict have agreed to not accept any new clients under the terms of the settlement. Victims who come forward at this point must find new representation.
Our law firm was not a part of the original legal team, and we are currently accepting cases for victims who come forward at this point. We are dedicated to ensuring that all victims are still able to receive the compensation they deserve for their traumatic experiences.
Our Michigan Child Abuse Lawyers Can Help You
If you are in need of a lawyer for a child sexual abuse claim, you will want a strong, experienced law firm who will best represent your interests while maintaining the sensitivity your case deserves.
Our Michigan child abuse injury lawyers have experience handling child sexual abuse lawsuits. We have a comprehensive understanding of the laws regarding child sexual abuse, and we have extensive experience handling these cases in the courtroom.
To illustrate, our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
- Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
We will work tirelessly on your case to win you the compensation you deserve.
Our No-Fee Promise On Michigan Child Abuse Cases
You do not have to be concerned about the money you might need to hire a lawyer. You can afford to have our legal team on your side without paying a penny out of pocket.
It literally costs nothing to get started, and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:
- No money to hire us or to get started on your case
- We pay all case costs and expenses from start to finish
- You pay no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
- Phone calls to our office are always free, forever.
Contact Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers & Start Your Lawsuit
There are three ways to get started on your child sexual abuse case, all of which are free of charge. You can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. An attorney will contact you shortly to advise you on your case.
- Chat with our online live operator who will provide your information to our law firm
- Call (800) 606-1717 any time of day to speak with an injury lawyer about your case.
Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan child abuse injury lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about Michigan laws.