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Sexual abuse is a tragic &
life-changing ordeal to go through. But it does not define the victim.

What survivors of sexual abuse need to know about speaking out

Sexual abuse is something no person should ever have to go through. But it is more common than many people realize.

Last year’s #MeToo Movement shined light on the pervasiveness of the issue, as thousands of sexual abuse survivors spoke out about the abuse they have suffered. Many Hollywood stars shared their #MeToo stories publicly. The hashtag #MeToo has been used 19 million times on Twitter since actress Alyssa Milano tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write “me too” as a reply to this tweet.

While the #MeToo Movement has certainly empowered many sexual abuse survivors to speak out, it’s still not an easy thing to do.

Speaking out may be especially hard to do when the aggressor is someone in a position of authority: A teacher or professor, a priest or a doctor, for example.

Whether the abuse occurred in a school, on a college campus, in a church or elsewhere, there are certain things that sexual abuse survivors need to know:

  • The truth: Sexual abuse is never okay – and it is never the victim’s fault. No circumstances exist to justify sexual abuse.
  • Real healing is possible: Sexual abuse affects each victim differently. Although for some, it may seem difficult or impossible to move on past the abuse, it is important to know that real healing is possible.
  • Support is available: Those who have been victimized may find help through counseling, support groups, and the support of friends and family. Additionally, many survivors choose to seek help from an attorney who can help hold the abuser or institution accountable for the abuse that has occurred.

Sexual abuse survivors interested in learning more about their legal options can call Grewal Law PLLC, at 877-259-1189. The initial consultation is completely confidential.

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