Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Battery are some of the most devastating crimes that can occur to a person, whether as an adult or as a child. It is a violation of one's trust, dignity, personal integrity and can have vast and often life-time compounding effects on one's mental health and well-being.
The statistics on Sexual Assault occurrences in Canada demonstrate that Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Battery occur with shocking frequency, even though only a small number of these assaults (approximately 1 out of every 10) are reported to the police and properly documented to form these statistics.
Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Battery effects ALL SEXES and ALL AGES of people in Canada and is often committed by someone who is in a position of power over the victim or is trusted by the victim, like friends and family, counselors, teachers, or the clergy. More often than not, this position of power over the victim serves to keep the victim silent and enables organizations and institutions to cover-up the sexual assaults as a means to prevent reputational injury, avoid bad publicity, or public scrutiny of the organization. As such, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Battery is often repressed by the victim for many years and is only inadvertently disclosed after years of suffering and pain caused by the assault.
The Criminal Code of Canada has no limitation period for any indictable offence, including sexual assault, so criminal charges can be made even several decades after the assault occurred. Furthermore, the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that victims of Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Battery are often mentally and physically unable to report the crimes or even recognize the devastating damages caused by the assault, abuse, or battery in order to commence a civil suit until after the normally applicable limitation period has lapsed, and has accordingly extended the limitation period to commence a civil action as against the perpetrator or institution in which the assault may have occurred.
If you, or someone under your care, has been the victim of sexual assault, whether recently or historically, Blumberg Segal LLP has the experience and compassion to assist you in commencing a civil suit against the perpetrator. In some cases, Blumberg Segal LLP can also assist in commencing a civil suit against the perpetrator's employer (if the sexual assault occurred either at the place of employment or while the perpetrator was in charge of your care as part of their employment) to adequately compensate you for the extensive damages that sexual assault has had upon you.
If you have any inquiries about Historic Sexual Assault, or Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery, and Sexual Abuse civil actions, please contact Scott Chambers confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-361-1982 ex. 240.