Unfortunately, sexual abuse is common throughout the state. While many statistics paint a concerning picture of widespread instances of misconduct and assault, there are often countless other cases that remain unreported. However, a seasoned and compassionate lawyer could help with a claim stemming from any type of sexual abuse in Michigan.
If you or a loved one suffered any form of sexual misconduct, you are likely to be traumatized and overwhelmed. No matter the circumstances, a skillful attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could answer your questions, explain your legal options, and work to build a claim on your behalf.
The Categories of Abuse
The settlement or jury award in a Michigan civil case is often determined by many factors, including the type of sexual abuse a claimant was subject to. Essentially, sexual assault encompasses all types of unwanted sexual contact. What unites each kind of abuse and assault is a lack of consent.
The Most Common Kinds of Sexual Misconduct
Rape is a type of sexual assault that often requires physical force and violence. However, if the victim is unable to consent, is not of the age of consent, or verbally is coerced into a sexual act, this is also considered a type of rape. Michigan criminal laws have separate charges for each type of unwanted sexual touching and each category carries its own distinct elements and punishment.
Drug-facilitated sexual abuse is another type of sexual abuse recognized in Michigan. This can occur when the victim is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As mentioned above, these substances are one way a person might be truly unable to give their consent, which, therefore, means any ensuing sexual contact is a form rape. Victims who are unknowingly given the “date rape drug” who are assaulted also all into this offense.
Other types of sexual abuse include unwanted and forced touching by clergy, doctors, sport coaches, teachers, law enforcement, and other individuals with authority and power over the victim. Most victims feel powerless and are afraid to even tell family and friends about their abuse. A large number of incidents are never reported to the police due to feeling afraid, ashamed, and for fear of future harm.
Pursuing a Timely Lawsuit
The Michigan statute of limitations for filing a sex abuse lawsuit depends on the age of the victim at the time of abuse, the current age of the victim, and the circumstances surrounding the abuse. Due to these factors, survivors of sexually-based abuse who wish to pursue their civil claim might benefit from the counsel of a knowledgeable lawyer to better understand their rights. This is because, once the statute of limitations expires, the chances of a person recovering damages are greatly reduced or even destroyed.
How an Attorney Might Help with Any Type of Sexual Abuse Claim in Michigan
No matter the types of sexual abuse you or a loved one has suffered, a lawyer at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could help you pursue compensation. While criminal punishment might help to provide you with a sense of justice, a successful civil lawsuit could help to alleviate your financial strain and allow you to move on with your life.
A qualified attorney could stand by your side through each step. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call a legal professional today.
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