Sex Crimes in Texas – Addressing Injuries of a Very Personal Kind
The terms sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual abuse often come up in the news regarding “Me Too” allegations against public figures and others in positions of power and prestige. Loose definitions of the three terms are as follows:
This often occurs in workplaces but can also happen at school, in public places, and anywhere else people interact, either in person or online. Sexual harassment can mean anything from unrelenting “catcalls” to unwanted sexual comments, jokes, and insults. Sexual harassment is often strictly verbal.
This may mean forced physical contact, with incidents ranging from unwanted erotic touching to full-scale rape. Aggressive behaviors like unsolicited self-exposure may be considered assault.
This covers a wide variety of ongoing behaviors, potentially including harassment, assault, and grooming aimed at eventual assault. These actions are often facilitated through power imbalances between:
- Adults and children
- Clergy members and parishioners
- Teachers and students
- Coaches and student-athletes
- Camp counselors and campers
- Doctors and patients
- Therapists and clients
- Nursing home care attendants and nursing home residents
For a free legal consultation with a Texas sexual abuse lawyer, call our toll-free line. We serve Houston, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Austin, and other cities in Texas.
What to Do if You’ve Been Sexually Abused
Anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse, including children and adults –particularly vulnerable senior citizens in nursing homes. Allegations of sexual abuse should be taken seriously, especially when they come from innocent young people or disabled adults who would ordinarily have no reason or impetus for making false claims.
It is equally important to take all sexual harassment, assault, and abuse complaints seriously. If you have been subjected to sexual abuse — whether recently or long ago — you may have come to realize that you suffer from psychological trauma, possibly including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), emotional damage, and maybe even physical effects.
You should not hesitate to seek help, which may include:
- Reporting wrongdoing to an authority, such as a police department or a department chair of an organization
- Psychological therapy
- Medical evaluations
- Legal action against a perpetrator such as a teacher, coach, or doctor
Don’t Hesitate to Speak Out
Many people who have experienced sexual abuse suppress the memories until something makes those thoughts rise to the surface. Self-blame and self-hatred are common internal responses. Telling someone of their experience often brings relief and hope to many victims.
Furthermore, filing a damage claim or lawsuit may bring monetary relief. Financial resources can help pay for therapy, compensate for debilitating emotional distress, and otherwise offer pathways to rebuilding a rewarding life despite the indignity and pain of sexual abuse.