Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse victims may struggle for months or even years after the abuse occurs. The mental, physical, and emotional toll is far-reaching. Medical care is necessary for many victims, as well as psychological treatment.

It can still be challenging to move forward and trust people again. These situations are daunting for victims and their families, especially when children are involved.

TopDog Law treats these cases with the care and sensitivity they deserve. A Detroit sexual abuse attorney will work for justice and focus on holding perpetrators liable.

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Your Guide to Sexual Abuse Claims in Detroit

How TopDog Law’s Detroit
Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Help You 

Many victims suffer in silence for years before they come forward. They fear humiliation, blame, and uncertainty. These cases are complex, and many people believe there is a stigma around sexual abuse survivors.

This stress may be too much for some people to speak about what happened. Some victims believe that nothing will happen to the perpetrator.

TopDog Law understands how challenging this is for victims, and we are here for you. We want to hold the abuser responsible for their crimes. There are civil claims you can file with different burdens of proof and processes than criminal cases.

Our personal injury lawyer in Detroit believes that no one should endure sexual abuse, and the perpetrators should be responsible.

We can handle the civil justice process and, if possible, use a criminal conviction as evidence. You have a strong legal advocate in your corner so you can focus on getting your life back on track.

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Where These Incidents Happen in Detroit

When sexual abuse happens to a child, it can lead to a lifetime of trauma. Many sexual abuse cases involve someone the child trusts. This can be even more difficult, especially for children who might not understand right away what has happened.

Some places in Detroit where sexual abuse happens include:

  • University campuses
  • Sport groups and clubs 
  • Summer camps 
  • Churches 
  • Scouting programs 
  • After school programs 

Many of these locations will have children and teens with adult supervisors who might commit abuse.

The Crimes Against Children Research Center finds that:

  • One in 12 children will suffer sexual abuse 
  • Approximately one-seventh of children have experienced maltreatment. 

Various state-specific laws may apply to your case, especially if a minor is involved. The parents of a minor may begin the civil case while the child is a minor. Again, this is complex, and a Detroit sexual abuse attorney can guide you on the best path forward.

We often file cases against:

  • Doctors 
  • Coaches
  • Massage therapists 
  • Clergy members
  • Teachers 
  • Supervisor and managers 
  • Police and security guards 
  • Other students 

Aside from the individual abuser, we may also pursue a legal claim against their employer if they facilitated the abuse. These cases are very complex and require both a compassionate and aggressive approach. TopDog Law has the experience and resources to handle your case.

The Long-Lasting Impact of Sexual Abuse 

Often, the impact of sexual abuse lasts years or a lifetime.

It can have many different effects, and we often see personality changes and other concerns like:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Change in appearance 
  • Becoming reclusive 
  • Lower self-esteem 
  • Drop in school performance 
  • Using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate

Filing a Detroit Sexual Abuse Lawsuit 

When you file a civil claim for sexual abuse, you may seek compensation for the long-lasting harm from the abuse. The person or entity we file claims against will vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the abuse. It can be an individual or institution, or both.

If our Detroit sexual abuse lawyer can successfully prove your case, then you can recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Therapy and counseling costs 
  • Lost income 
  • Emotional distress 
  • Legal fees and expenses 

You can recover damages for loss of consortium if the abuse impacts family or spousal relationships. Punitive damages may also be available if malicious or egregious actions are involved. Punitive awards punish the wrongdoer and aim to deter similar behavior.

Report the Abuse and Take Legal Action

Even if you are hesitant to report the abuse, some parties are mandatory reporters. These are teachers, doctors, and others who must report suspected or confirmed sexual abuse to the authorities for further investigations.

Once they do, the police and others will investigate the abuse. This can lead to criminal actions. Many survivors want to stay anonymous, and a national resource is available through Our team can also handle this for you.

If possible, you should report the incident to the facility where it happened and the authorities. Continue to follow your medical treatment plan and meticulously detail your daily life.

If your child is too young to understand or communicate daily changes, parents should keep a journal about anything they notice in their child. Long-term consequences can show up as the survivor heals.


Call a Detroit Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today

Once you gather relevant documents and muster the strength to take legal action, schedule a free consultation with TopDog Law at (313) 751-9628. Our Detroit sexual abuse lawyer will investigate your concerns and build a strong case.

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