The sexual abuse of a child by a trusted adult can have far reaching and devastating consequences that will last well into a person’s adult life. Psychological problems like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder can wreak havoc on a victim’s life, to say nothing of the loss of trust and self-esteem. It is not uncommon for victims of sexual abuse to have substance abuse problems, problems in their marital life and problems in their sex life. Unfortunately most victims of abuse are too ashamed, embarrassed, confused and fearful to report their abuser or even tell a family member or friend about their ordeal. Very few victims ever report their abuse to the authorities. Sexual abuse is then is the perfect crime because it often silences the victim, allowing the perpetrators and those who employed them to escape responsibility.
Mike Dowd has been a tireless advocate for survivors of sexual abuse. He understands that while filing a lawsuit will not erase the trauma and pain of abuse, the civil justice system is the best method we have as a society to hold the perpetrators and those who employ them accountable. To that end Mr. Dowd has not only represented numerous victims of abuse by Catholic priests and Catholic school employees but as well victims of a rabbi and victims of a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster.
If you or a member of your family have been the victim of sexual abuse, please call the office of Mike Dowd for a free consultation.