Internal Emotional and Psychological Damage
External Attention Can Be More Painful Than The Original Abuse
Unfortunately, the response that comes from the outside world once sexual abuse has been reported can sometimes be worse than the victim's own internal turmoil. Many sexual abuse survivors are horribly embarrassed about what happened to them, and deathly afraid about how they will be viewed in their communities.
When community members learn that one of their own has been abused, many of them (too easily and reflexively) parrot an archaic attitude that sexual abuse victims “must have done something to bring it on”, or spout off that “I would have never let that happen to me.”
Similar to what Professor Ford is facing in the Kavanaugh Supreme Court matter, many victims of sexual abuse are immediately branded by the accused and their families or supporters as “liars”, or somehow not credible because otherwise “they would have come forward a long time ago.”
Watching my own clients face this kind of onslaught of insensitivity and emotional abuse (piled upon the already-existing emotional abuse), I cannot help but feel for them. I am also constantly impressed by their courage when they do decide to come forward. I am not that I could come forward if I had been abused.
None of my clients' claims has ever proven to be false or a lie. When you think about what victims of sexual abuse face when they come forward, and the risk to their psyches, what would motivate anyone to lie about something like this?
If you, or anyone you know, has a question about a potential Florida sexual abuse case, call Winter Park sexual abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-644-4444. All questions will be answered at no charge.