Kentucky

Sexual abuse of kids or adults can have devastating consequences for victims. The effects of child sexual abuse can last for a lifetime, requiring extensive counseling. Many victims suffer abuse by poeple they trusted, such as a teacher or a clergy member. If you or a loved one were victimized by a person in a position of authority at a school, church or other institution, you may be able to obtain compensation.

Kentucky Sexual Abuse Facts

The numbers regarding child sexual abuse are staggering, not only in Kentucky but also across the U.S. As many as 25 percent of girls – and one in six boys – will be victims of sexual abuse before they turn 18. And 90 percent of the time, the child knows the abuser. There were more than 3,500 reports of child sexual abuse in Kentucky in 2007 alone. About one third of those reports involved children younger than 12.

Increasing Sexual Abuse Awareness

In April 2018, the Kentucky Legislature proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The resolution highlighted the fact that the rate of sexual violence in Kentucky is higher than the national average, and that children are subjected to this type of violence at an alarmingly high rate. In addition, the resolution noted that rape crisis centers across the state received more than 3,000 calls and provided more than 13,000 counseling sessions.

Examples of Sexual Abuse in Kentucky

As in other states, there are several examples of institutional sexual abuse in Kentucky. School employees, teachers and even priests have been accused of this terrible crime. These are just two examples.

  • A Harrison County special needs teacher was charged with sexual abuse in January 2019 after being accused of having an improper relationship with a student. According to a report, the victim was a former student who was over the age of 12 when the alleged abuse occurred.
  • In October 2018, the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro permanently suspended a priest accused of sexual abuse. Although law enforcement officials did not press criminal charges, the Diocesan Review Board recommended the suspension based on its “zero tolerance” policy.

Why You Need an Attorney

In order to be able to obtain compensation in a case of institutional sexual abuse, you will need an attorney who is familiar with the laws of the State of Kentucky. At Baron & Budd, our lawyers know how to pursue those who have used their positions of authority to prey upon innocent victims.

Please contact us online or call (866) 691-7631 to learn more about how we may be able to help.

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