Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often experience a disturbing array of overwhelming emotions. Some of these include feelings of fear, guilt, and shame. Victims have often been threatened that harm will come to themselves or their loved ones, if they tell. They are sometimes bribed or manipulated into maintaining a silence, told that no one will believe them or made to believe they are to blame.
Every year there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse made involving more than 6 million children here in the U.S. Roughly half a million of these children have reported being sexually abused - but they're in minority. That's because only an estimated 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they've been sexually abused. Many never tell.
Minnesota's Child Victims Act
Minnesota's Child Victims Act, signed into law on May 24th, 2013, allows adult victims of childhood sexual abuse a three-year window in which they may bring claims for civil cases against those responsible for the abuse. This includes victims whose claims may have been previously barred by the prior statute of limitations.
But this window won't last for long, just three short years and it will expire (May of 2016). If you're an adult who experienced childhood sexual abuse and you have either not taken or been denied action prior, it's important for you to contact the qualified attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence to allow adequate time to process your case.
Cases are stronger when an attorney is involved early. Call and speak with one now:
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse often Experience:
- Low self-esteem or self-hatred
- Guilt, shame or feelings of blame
- Sleep disturbances/disorders
- Lack of trust
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol or substance abuse as a coping mechanism for overwhelming feelings related to sexual abuse
- Sexual dysfunction or problems with intimacy
Meshbesher & Spence is here to help.
Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse often adopt survival strategies that help them wade through the feelings helplessness, pain, betrayal and fear they may have experienced as a child. But these feelings and coping strategies can have long-term negative repercussions on the life and current behavior of the victim, causing a ripple effect.
If you're an adult dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse, please remember that you are not to blame and you are not alone. The Minnesota attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence are experienced in childhood sexual abuse civil claims and will make sure the investigation is completed properly and thoroughly, and that your rights are protected.
Time is running out, call the attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence today at 1-888-728-9866 to ensure your chance at justice, before this window closes.