Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia Seeking Justice For Survivors
Being sexually abused is a traumatizing experience that can affect the survivor for the rest of their life. It doesn’t matter how old the survivor was when the abuse occurred—the experience can leave lasting emotional and psychological scars on survivors of all ages.
There is a culture of silence that surrounds sexual abuse and makes many survivors reluctant to come forward. It takes courage and strength to speak out about sexual abuse. If you are ready to take legal action against your abuser, turn to the compassionate lawyers at McKiggan Hebert for help.
We recognize that no amount of money that can make up for the trauma that abuse survivors have experienced, but taking legal action can help survivors recover the compensation they need to move forward in their lives. Tell us more about your case so we can help you understand your legal options and right to compensation. We know how hard it is to talk about this traumatizing experience, which is why we treat each of our clients with the compassion and care they deserve. Call McKiggan Hebert at (902) 423-2050 to schedule your free consultation today.
Why Should You Take Legal Action Against Your Sexual Abuser?
The #MeToo movement inspired many sexual abuse survivors to come forward after years of hiding their pain and suffering. However, there are still countless others who have not told their stories yet.
There are a number of reasons why you may want to consider taking legal action against your sexual abuser. First, staying silent only protects your abuser. If you stay silent, your abuser may continue to abuse others. Speaking up may be the only way to stop your abuser from inflicting pain on someone else.
You have suffered in silence long enough. Filing a sex abuse compensation claim can help you reclaim your power, discover your voice, and put your life back together. You are entitled to compensation for the expenses you have incurred and harms and losses you have suffered as a result of the abuse. Let our lawyers help you obtain it.
Our lawyers understand how sexual abuse can impact a survivor’s life. We know how hard it is for survivors to come forward, and we applaud the bravery of those who decide to take legal action. If you choose to file a claim against your abuser, we will stand in your corner and aggressively fight to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.
What Steps Should I Take to File A Sexual Abuse Claim in Halifax, Nova Scotia?
There are two ways for survivors to seek justice against their sexual abuser:
- Pursue criminal charges against their abuser
- File an injury lawsuit against their abuser
You can choose one or both of these options. If you pursue criminal charges, you will need to contact the police and provide a statement that outlines exactly what happened. The police will investigate your allegations and look for evidence that supports your story. If the police are able to find evidence that a crime occurred, they will pass the case to the crown prosecutor, who will decide whether or not to file charges against your abuser. If charges are filed, and your abuser is found guilty, they could face various legal penalties, including imprisonment and fines.
If you file a civil compensation lawsuit, you will need to prove to the court that you are entitled to compensation from your abuser for the harm they have inflicted on you. The defendant will not face jail time or fines in a civil case, but they may be ordered to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these options and consideration should be given as to whether you should pursue one or both options and in what order. If you have been sexually abused, it’s best to discuss these options with a lawyer at McKiggan Hebert to determine the best course of action in your circumstances.
Breaking the Silence about Sexual Abuse
John McKiggan has written a public legal education guide specifically for survivors of sexual abuse. It’s the first and only Canadian guide dedicated solely to explaining the legal options available to sexual abuse survivors. Click on the link to get a free copy of Breaking the Silence: the Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Abuse Claims.[NOTE: Need to insert a hyperlink to the Breaking the Silence book download page]
Schedule A Free Case Evaluation With Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Halifax
Are you a survivor of sexual abuse? If so, do not hesitate to seek legal representation from the skilled sexual abuse lawyers at McKiggan Hebert. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping sexual abuse survivors seek justice and secure the compensation they deserve. Let us use our extensive legal experience, resources, and knowledge to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
Learn more about your rights as a sexual abuse survivor by scheduling a confidential, no-obligation, consultation with our team. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at (902) 423-2050 or fill out the form on this website.