Sexual Abuse Lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia Seeking Justice For Survivors
One of the most difficult things to live with is the trauma of sexual abuse.Sexual abuse may not leave physical scars, but the memory can cause a lifetime of stigma, pain, and anguish in the survivors. This is even more so when the assailants are persons in authority, leadership positions, elderly family members, or trusted relatives.
Because there’s a culture of silence surrounding sexual abuse, many survivors are reluctant to come forward. Some have even adopted the coping mechanism of repressing those memories.
There is no amount of money that can undo the damage caused by sexual abuse, but taking legal action can help survivors recover the compensation they need to move forward in their lives. If you’ve been sexually abused, seek legal representation from the sexual abuse lawyers at McKiggan Hebert at once.
The #MeToo Movement and Justice for Survivors
For many former survivors of sexual abuse, the #MeToo movement heralded a new era of speaking up about their abuse. No longer were they ashamed, shy, crippled, or fearful of possible repercussions.
This helped them take back some of the power they lost when they were violated and get justice for the pain they’d been dealing with for months, years, or even decades.
If you were abused in the past, this can happen for you as well. You can have justice. You can have the answers you need. More importantly, you can get closure and become a survivor.
At McKiggan Hebert, our lawyers have seen first-hand how sexual abuse has negatively impacted sexual abuse survivors’ lives. We’ve also seen them fight to take back their power, discover their voices, put their lives back together, and move forward.
We’ve helped these clients find hope and seek justice. Let us do the same for you.
What is Historical Sexual Abuse?
By definition, historical sexual abuse is sexual abuse that’s happened in the past. It may have been a one-time event or a series of incidences. It can also be sexual abuse that happened when you were a child—essentially making it child sexual abuse. As long as it happened in your past, it is considered historical, and you can seek justice for it regardless of how long ago it occurred.
The terrible thing about this form of abuse is that it wreaks a lot of havoc on the survivors emotionally and psychologically. For instance, survivors might still suffer both emotionally and psychologically as a result of the abuse. If you’re in this situation, it’s important to seek justice with the help of one of our lawyers.
What Steps Should I Take to File A Sexual Abuse Claim in Nova Scotia?
The law in Nova Scotia has recognized sexual abuse as a serious form of injury. This means that you could be entitled to compensation as a survivor of sexual abuse.
For people whose sexual abuse happened a long time ago, we understand that it can be complicated. You may not remember every little detail of the abuse, and even if you do, it can be hard to discuss these memories even though so much time has passed.
When you come to McKiggan Hebert, our compassionate lawyers will stand by your side and make the process as easy as possible for you. The good thing is we’ve helped hundreds of sexual abuse survivors, so we know what it takes to win these cases.
There are two ways for survivors to seek justice:
- File criminal charges against your assailant to ensure they face legal consequences
- File a civil claim against your assailant to recover compensation
We will explain these options in more detail and help you decide what’s right for you. Then, we will guide you through the process, fighting for the best possible outcome every step of the way.
Schedule A Free Case Evaluation With Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers
There is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims in Nova Scotia. This means it doesn’t matter if the abuse happened days, weeks, months, or decades ago, you can take legal action against your assailant.
However, you should do it as quickly as possible. The sooner you take legal action, the more evidence we will be able to gather to support your claim and help you win compensation.
At McKiggan Hebert, our lawyers have years of experience representing the survivors of sexual abuse. Not only will we fight for justice, but we will also ensure that you are fully compensated for the harm you have suffered.
Let us help you. To schedule a consultation, call our law firm at (902) 423-2050 or fill out the form on this website.
John McKiggan has written Breaking the Silence, the only public legal education guide for sexual abuse survivors in Canada. Click here to download a copy.