The tragic reality is that stories involving the sexual abuse of young children have become disturbingly common in our society. Stories of massive sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic church, LDS and FLDS churchleaders being involved in major child abuse scandals, and school teachers engaging in inappropriate behavior with their students can make it easy for people that have experienced abuse to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
At Nix Patterson & Roach, Child Sexual Abuse law firm, we want to remind everyone that has experienced abuse in the past that there are people who dedicate their lives and careers to helping child sexual abuse victims get the guidance and justice they deserve.
Whether the abuse was carried out by a clergy member, teacher, coach, troop leader, or anyone else that exploited the trust of the children placed in their care, you are not alone. Here are some amazing resources and assistance programs that help guide abuse survivors through their difficult situation:
• The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has worked since 1988 to help survivors of child sexual abuse work together to find ways to recover from their mental, emotional and physical injuries. For more information on SNAP support groups and resources, visit their website here.
• The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is an international resource center for those affected by abuse and violence. Founded in 2005, their mission is to provide the training and information necessary to help improve the quality of life for those impacted by violence. Visit the IVAT website here.
• The Hope of Survivors is a faith-based program that works to provide spiritual, emotional and physical recovery for those that have been subjected to sexual abuse by a member of the clergy. Learn more about Hope of Survivors here.
You can find many more websites and resources for victims of child sexual abuse on our website here.
More and more tragic stories of child sexual abuse continue to surface as victims find the courage to come forward and report their abusers. Every day, advocacy groups such as the ones listed above are putting pressure on church leaders to take greater steps to protect the rights of innocent victims of clergy abuse, and prosecute those responsible for these horrific crimes.
If you or a loved one has experienced child sexual abuse, call Nix Patterson & Roach at 1-800-220-1088 for a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation about your case. Our dedicated and compassionate child sexual abuse lawyers will review your case at no cost to you, and will fight hard to achieve the justice you and your family deserve.
You can trust Nix Patterson & Roach to handle your Child Sexual Abuse case with the utmost dedication, compassion and discretion. We have helped many victims of child sexual abuse get the justice and answers they needed. Call attorney Neil Smith today for a free consultation about your case.