The Devastating Reality of Sexual Abuse on Military Bases and Throughout the State
Sexual abuse is a painful reality for far too many people in the United States. Startling statistics show that millions of people have or will experience sexual assault or exploitation in their lifetimes. Despite these numbers, it is widely believed that sexual abuse often goes unreported.
At Virginia Beach Injury Law, we know that there is no amount of money that can compensate a sexual assault survivor for the trauma that they have been through. But as a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps, Attorney Ron Kramer II understands the complexities of coming forward with allegations of sexual assault that occurred on a military base. He will fight for you.
If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual abuse or assault, contact our office at (757) 802-4662 for a free, confidential consultation.
Sexual Abuse Statistics
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds. The majority of sexual assault survivors are under the age of 30, but it can happen to someone of any age, race, or gender. As noted by RAINN, sexual violence can have a long-term impact on a survivor.
The vast majority of individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and assault have reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and nearly 1/3 of women who are raped contemplate suicide.
Sexual Assault Reports on Military Bases
The realities of sexual assault are heartbreaking and widespread, occurring all across the country. Tragically, military bases are no exception. A study by the Pentagon reveals that over 6,170 cases of sexual assault were reported by United States service members in 2016. These numbers, however, likely represent less than half of the actual incidents that occur each year. Anonymous surveys conducted by the Department of Defense estimate the total to be closer to 14,900.
While reports of sexual abuse occur at military installations worldwide, the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia received the most each year from 2013-2016. The Virginia military base received 270 reports of sexual assaults. The Joint Base San Antonio received the second-highest number at 211.
What You Can Do
If you were sexually assaulted or abused on a Virginia military base, contact Virginia Beach Injury Law. Attorney Ron Kramer II understands the complexities of devastating cases like these.
It is essential to know that you are not alone, and you should never be afraid to have your voice heard. Your story may help stop the abuse and help hold those responsible accountable for their wrongdoing.
Hiring a Sexual Abuse Attorney
A civil lawsuit may help to hold the perpetrator accountable for their wrongdoing and help to provide compensation for your recovery. If you were sexually assaulted and are seeking justice, contact our office at (757) 802-4662 for a free, confidential consultation.
Whether you were abused on a military base, at your workplace, or somewhere else, we may be able to help. We can fight to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve.