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A sexual-abuse realm where reposed trust is often sabotaged

A sexual abuse episode is hardly an arm’s-length transaction where two parties command equal power and discretion concerning what unfolds. That truth is flatly inherent by the words “perpetrator” and “victim” that routinely emerge in reports concerning such a matter.

Sexual assault can never be disguised for anything other than what it is, namely, a one-sided act committed by a manipulative and powerful transgressor against a vulnerable and powerless target.

We underscore that reality on our pro-victims’ website at the proven Southern California personal injury law firm of J. Lewis & Associates in Riverside. We stress in a recent firm blog post that sexual abuse is commonly inflicted by “individuals in a position of power.”

That is an especially common occurrence for victims who are young and understandably inclined to repose trust in an older person. Authority figures who seize on their power to commit heinous sexual acts against children absolutely rely on a belief that their victims will never speak up concerning the wrongdoing committed against them.

Sadly, youth sport, camp and club activities comprise a venue that frequently features abuse by figures such as coaches, trainers, mentors and other adult figures. The American public has seen a steady stream of abuse stories from that realm in recent years. It is often the case that unlawful behavior occurs for an extended period – in some cases, over decades – before it is spotlighted and rectified. Sometimes it never comes to light at all.

Things are changing now, though. Victims and their families have grown far more resolute than in prior years about stepping forth to demand accountability and promote deterrence. Moreover, their ability to often obtain maximum compensation against wrongdoers in civil lawsuits yields meaningful legal remedies that help to assist in physical and emotional healing.

J. Lewis & Associates’ proven and empathetic legal team is proud to play a role in promoting victims’ recoveries and the resulting justice they obtain.

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