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Sexual Assault Lawyers in Delaware Stand with Victims of Abuse

The The Sharma Law Firm have dedicated their careers to helping victims of sexual abuse achieve justice against perpetrators of these atrocious crimes and the organizations who all-too-often protect them.

If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse, you need to know that you’re not alone.

Delaware Sexual Assault Attorneys

It can be deeply traumatic for your trust to be violated in such a heinous manner, but you have the strength inside you to fight back. This was not your fault, and your voice deserves to be heard. Let us help you find justice.

Questions? We’ve got Answers

The sexual abuse attorneys at our Delaware law firm have made it a personal mission to bring perpetrators of sex crimes to justice.

We know the vivid pain and unbearable emotional anguish that many victims of sexual abuse experience. We’ve also seen the renewed strength and confidence that comes to victims when they achieve justice.

You, too, can pursue justice. Let your fortitude and bravery become an example for the faceless victims who suffer in the shadows, and let us guide you through this difficult time. Contact us today via phone or the form on this site for a 100% confidential, 100% free consultation to learn more about the legal avenues at your disposal.

What is Considered Sex Abuse?

On countless occasions in the past, our legal team has been approached by victims of sexual crimes who in fact did not know that they had been victimized.

This is not to say that the incident did not produce negative repercussions in the victim; instead, they were not aware that the extremely uncomfortable position they were placed in by the perpetrator was in fact a crime. For this reason, we believe it’s crucial to provide at least a brief explanation of acts which can be clearly designated as sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Defining Sexual Assault

Sexual assault and abuse can be defined as any single (or ongoing) act which involves any of the following:

  1. Undesired touching or fondling of someone’s genitals
  2. Forcing another to masturbate, or demanding that they watch another person in the act
  3. Physically exposing oneself to another without their consent, otherwise known as acts of voyeurism
  4. Forcing another to watch pornographic content or even a sex act
  5. Sexually explicit (and undesired) phone calls and/or SMS messages

The above is only a brief list. By no means does it encompass the entire breadth of flagrant behavior that be designated as sexual assault by a judge or jury.

Where Does Sexual Abuse Most Often Take Place?

For most people, it is absolutely sobering to become aware of all of the settings which can serve as preying grounds for sexual criminals.

Abusers will usually aim to place themselves in positions of power over those they consider potential victims. This imbalance or power dynamic makes it much easier for sex abusers to groom their victims, given that they are generally admired and respected right from the beginning. It is this same admiration that ultimately leads to trust and which is then leveraged by the abuser to commit the crime.

Some examples of environments where sexual assaults take place include:

  • Schools of all levels (Elementary, Middle, High) and even university
  • Daycare centers
  • Spas & massage parlors
  • Hospitals & clinics
  • Psychiatric treatment centers
  • Prisons
  • Hotels
  • Buses, trains, and other means of public transportation
  • Cruises
  • Military
  • In the workplace
  • Religious temples & camps

Reading over the previous list can be quite scary for those unfamiliar with sexual assault. Indeed, it can happen anywhere and seemingly at any time. However, it almost always involves a violation of trust.

In less severe scenarios, a violation of trust can result in broken relationships. When it comes to sexual assault, the violation of trust is a nefarious crime. Fortunately, the civil justice system in Delaware permits victims of these violations to seek justice and compensation.

Compensation for Victims of Sexual Assault in Delaware

If a perpetrator of a sex crime is found guilty by the criminal justice system, and along with a jail sentence, they can be ordered by a court to pay restitution to the victim or victims.

In many cases, the abuser simply does not have the financial means to pay, so many states have established restitution funds. These are supposed to step in when financial benefits cannot be obtained from the perp. In Delaware, the restitution fund available to victims is known as the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program.

Unfortunately, these funds intended to support victims are often strict in their allotment of benefits. More specifically, it is usually only hard costs, those that can be backed up by a receipt or invoice for instance, which are taken into consideration. Other damages, such as emotional and physical pain are simply left by the wayside.

But by filing a lawsuit in the civil justice system, victims of sexual assault in Delaware have the opportunity to be compensated for damages including:

  • lost wages
  • medical expenses (past, ongoing, & future treatment)
  • physical pain
  • emotional distress and suffering

And yet, perhaps the greatest form of compensation that a victim that receive by filing a sex abuse lawsuit is not financial in nature. Our attorneys at The Sharma Law Firm law office have personally seen and experienced the change in victim’s demeanor when they win their case.

They’re not concerned with how much money they won. Rather, their sense of independence has been completely reborn. Their confidence returns, as does their strength and willingness to take on the unexpected challenges that life has presented them with and which they’ve been able to overcome.

Free Legal Consultations For Victims

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse or assault, call our legal team today to learn more about your options. First consultations are always free and callers are never pressured into engaging. Get the answers to your legal questions at absolutely no cost – as it should be.

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