Sexual abuse by trusted individuals, such as clergy, coaches, teachers, physicians, music instructors, or individuals in a position of power over others, causes physical and emotional pain to the violated victim, which leaves lifelong emotional scars. Many of the sexual abuse victims we have represented at our law firm required long periods of psychiatric therapy and inpatient hospitalization in mental facilities to help them with the emotional scars that were left after the abuse.
Since 1958, the Pennsylvania sexual abuse lawyers of The Beasley Firm have successfully handled sexual abuse, forced sexual acts, and unlawful sexual contact cases with an unparalleled track record of success. In the Greenberg v. McCabe case, which is profiled in Jim Beasley’s biography Courtroom Cowboy, a psychiatrist used a variety of powerful psychoactive drugs to manipulated his patient into engaging in sex during their counseling sessions. In addition to a jury verdict in the patient’s favor, the case produced an important court opinion (available on Google Scholar here) that changed how the statute of limitations was applied to sexual abuse victims, and has since been cited by over one-hundred court opinions and scholarly journals.
To date, the experienced medical and legal teams of The Beasley Firm have been awarded over $2 billion dollars on behalf of catastrophically injured victims and their families. Our sexual abuse attorneys have handled some of the highest profile cases in Pennsylvania against psychiatrists, medical providers, clergy, teachers, business owners, coaches, trainers, and other sexual predators.
The scope of the problem cannot be over-stated. Statistics indicate that over 33 percent of all girls and 20 percent of all boys will become victims of sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years old. Sexual assault may include rape, forced penetration, forced intercourse, inappropriate touching, or forced kissing. Like some of the most severe physical injuries, rape and sexual assault can cause a host of serious and intractable emotional harms, including conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and forms of depression such as feelings of paranoia, helplessness, shame, anxiety, and fear of relationships or intimacy.
We know from decades of social science and psychology research that there is no “right way” for sexual assault victims to react. Some immediately go to the police. Some takes years to recognize what has happened. We don’t judge or blame survivors who don’t follow stereotypes about how rape victims “should” act – we look at each situation individually to understand what happened, how it happened, and how it could have been prevented.
In addition to our experienced trial lawyers, we also have on staff two physicians and three registered nurses, one of whom is a certified rape counselor and sexual abuse crisis nurse. If you or your child has been a victim of sexual abuse, please use this contact form or call us at 1 (888) 823-5291 for free and strictly confidential consultation.