Sadly, sexual harassment and abuse is a major problem in our country. For far too long, this issue has simply been swept under the rug. However, in 2017, there are finally signs of change. This year, Time Magazine deemed The Silence Breakers as the “Person of Year.” This is an annual acknowledgement of the person or group of people that made the biggest impact on the year.
Many people broke the silence surrounding the pervasive sexual harassment and abuse that exists in many industries in the United States. While industries such as entertainment, journalism, and politics are making most of the headlines, sexual harassment and sexual abuse is a serious issue within virtually every industry.
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our compassionate Connecticut sexual harassment & abuse attorneys represent people who have been victimized. Our legal team handles cases of workplace sexual harassment in which employees have been victimized by their superior or one of their co-workers. In other forms of what can be called professional sexual harassment, patients or clients have fallen victim to professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and nursing home staff.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Hold Your Abuser Accountable
Sexual abuse and harassment can be within a family and can be an important factor in family litigation. Sexual abuse is a basis for a personal injury action, whether it includes rape or even non-consensual touching. We have seen it too often in doctor-patient relationships and in nursing homes. In both instances, this would more likely be considered a personal injury claim than a malpractice claim. Employment is an obvious place where this has played out for years. Any time there is a difference in power between the abused and the abuser, it is particularly heinous.
Most people have a general awareness that they can hold an abuser accountable through the criminal justice system. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, a criminal complaint may be necessary in your case. But many people in Connecticut are less familiar with the fact that sexual harassers and sexual abusers can also be held liable through civil action. If you or a family member was a victim of sexual harassment of sexual abuse, you should consult with a qualified attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to help you assess your case and bring a civil lawsuit against the person who victimized you. You could have a valid legal claim if you suffered any of the following:
- Physical injuries;
- Emotional trauma; or
- Financial damages.
Who Is Liable for Professional Sexual Harassment & Abuse
Any person who committed an act of sexual harassment or sexual abuse is liable for their misconduct. Beyond that, any institution that either looked the other way and allowed the sexual abuse to occur, or that negligently failed to protect you, should also be held legally liable for the damage. There are many different types of institutions and entities that can potentially be held liable for professional sexual harassment or abuse in Connecticut. Some of the most prominent examples include:
- Law firms;
- Medical practices;
- Health care providers;
- Nursing homes;
- Colleges and other schools;
- Non profit organizations;
- Charities; and
- Property owners.
Contact Our Connecticut Sex Harassment Lawyers Today
At Stanger Stanfield Law, our Connecticut sexual harassment & abuse attorneys are committed to protecting the legal rights of victims. If you or a loved one was the victim of a sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of a professional, please do not hesitate to call our team today or to contact us online for immediate legal assistance. We will handle your case with the sensitivity and care that it deserves.