What is child sexual abuse? What is sexual abuse in general? Different states have different interpretations of these types of questions. If you have suffered abuse at the hands of someone representing an institution such as a school, a law enforcement agency or a church, you need an attorney who is familiar with how Florida laws address this kind of case.

Baron & Budd is staffed with experience attorneys who may be able to help you obtain compensation for the suffering you have been forced to endure.

Sexual Abuse in Florida

The effects of child sexual abuse – or any other kind of sexual abuse, for that matter – can last a lifetime. But what does sexual abused mean? Again, there is no single sexual abuse definition that is universally accepted. It varies from state to state. In Florida, sexual assault is defined as “oral, anal or vaginal penetration by, or with the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any object.”

But in order for you to obtain justice, it’s not enough to merely be able to define sexual abuse. Your attorney has to have the skill and experience necessary to hold accountable those responsible for your suffering. We will identify the name of the priest or other official who committed the institutional abuse you experienced. And then we will work passionately on your behalf in an effort to help you obtain justice.

Examples of Institutional Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately, Florida is like many other states in that it sees a significant amount of institutional sexual abuse. Here are just a few examples.

  • In January 2019, a woman filed a lawsuit against a Pensacola healthcare facility. She alleges that staff members at the facility raped and impregnated her daughter while she was being cared for at the facility. The victim in the case cannot speak nor move.
  • In October 2018, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi began a statewide investigation into priests accused of sexual abuse. She asked victims to share their information with authorities.
  • A Cooper City family sued a local charter school in August 2018, alleging that the school knew a teacher on staff had been previously accused of child molestation. A member of the family, a third grader, said the teacher sexually abused her.

Contact Baron & Budd

Any type of childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual abuse is obviously horrible. But this type of crime is even worse when perpetrated by someone representing a trusted institution. If you or a loved one suffered this kind of abuse, Baron & Budd may be able to help. Please call (866) 691-7631 or contact us online for more information.

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