Being the victim of institutional abuse can have profound, lifelong repercussions. This is especially true for people who were victimized as children or adolescents. Being subjected to sexual violence and coercion from a young age can continue to haunt survivors of institutional abuse well into their adulthoods.
The long-term impacts of institutional abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, and economic in nature. Many survivors of institutional abuse develop severe mental health disorders, as well as unhealthy coping mechanisms that might include self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Indeed, people who have been subjected to sexual violence are 13 times more likely to develop alcoholism and 26 times more likely to develop substance use disorders than non-victims.
Due to the pervasive struggles faced by the survivors of institutional abuse, many former victims suffer financial consequences. Many children and teenagers who were abused by trusted authority figures find it impossible to complete their education, resulting in a failure to reach their fullest earning potential. They could also incur substantial financial losses related to psychological counseling, addiction treatments, and other costly services required to address their past trauma.
The hallmark of institutional abuse is a misuse of power and a betrayal of trust. It occurs when a person in a position of authority, trust, or dependency exploits the power imbalance between themselves and younger and/or more vulnerable people. Perpetrators of institutional abuse might use threats of violence, emotional manipulation, blackmail, and other forms of coercion in order to force someone into engaging in non-consensual sexual activity.
Oftentimes, sexual predators seek out employment or volunteer opportunities in settings that place them in close proximity to potential targets. They are often employed as:
Sometimes, an employer might become aware of institutional abuse taking place under the auspices of their organization. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to adequately address the issue, take punitive measures against the perpetrators of institutional abuse and, thereby, fail future generations of potential victims. This is often referred to as “systemic” or “institutional” institutional abuse. If it can be proven that a sexual predator’s employer or another organization responsible for introducing the abuser to their targets was guilty of systemic or institutional institutional abuse, that entity might be considered liable for damages incurred by the abuser’s victims.
In accordance with the province’s Limitations Act, there is no time limit on institutional abuse claims. That means that, even if your abuse took place many years ago, you might still be eligible to pursue a civil claim to recover damages you have incurred as a result of being abused. Our Edmonton institutional abuse lawyers may be able to work with you to help you get the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about working with our institutional abuse lawyers serving Edmonton, contact us today and receive a free initial consultation on your case.
Throughout the province, an estimated 1.8 million people have been victims of sexual violence. That is nearly one in two members of the local population. Our Edmonton institutional abuse lawyers are passionate about fighting on behalf of people who were subjected to the criminal actions of sexual predators. To learn how we may be able to help you get the closure and compensation you deserve, contact us and speak with our institutional abuse lawyers serving Edmonton today.
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