Our firm has been recognized as a national leader in representing victims of violent crimes.
First, we have assisted crime victims in situations where security measures proved inadequate. We have represented individuals victimized at shopping malls, hotels, apartment complexes and other premises
Second, we represent employees or customers of businesses sexually and physically assaulted by combative, rogue or unsavory employees.
Third, we represent children, particularly special needs children, tragically victimized by pedophilic staff members who were improperly supervised, or who should never have been hired.
Recovering fair compensation in this area is particularly challenging and requires a thorough knowledge of unusual legal principles, in-depth investigative work and an understanding of the emotional trauma associated with the difficulties crime victims must endure.
One frequent isue crime victims must endure is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The National Center for Victims of Crime estimates that 683,000 adult American women are forcibly raped each year. (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992). Nearly one-third of all rape victims develop Rape-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (RR-PTSD) sometime during their lifetimes, and more than eleven percent still suffer from it (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992).
Traumatic events such as rape frequently may cause both short-term and long-term stress reactions. Those who are unable to function at a normal range or have difficulties in one or more areas may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
According to the NCVC the four major symptoms of Rape-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder are:
According to the NCVC, some new research indicates that certain physiological changes in the brain may be permanent conditions. Some survivors with RR-PTSD are unable to accurately gauge the passage of time. Consequently, they are likely to show up for appointments late, early, or not at all. Another possible permanent side effect is a kind of tunnel vision. Victims may be unable to see the "big picture" which results in difficulty distinguishing between a little crisis and a big crisis. Therefore, all events in their lives are viewed as crises.
In their attempts to cope with RR-PTSD symptoms, many victims may develop major depression. In attempting to cope with the above symptoms, drug and alcohol consumption are likely to be companions in the victim's attempt to gain relief from these symptoms.
With a growing body of knowledge about RR-PTSD, help is available through most rape crisis and trauma centers.
Support groups have been established where survivors can meet regularly to share experiences to help relieve the symptoms of RR-PTSD.
For some survivors, medication prescribed along with therapy may prove the best treatment.
Our links will help you find resources, information, counseling options, and rape crisis hotlines.