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June 5, 2020

Financial Costs of Child Sexual Abuse for Victims

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is one of the most devastating crimes in the world, many victims struggling with the fallout from their abuse for decades. Often childhood sexual abuse victims face difficulties as they grow into adults, not doing well in life. Survivors of CSA often face extreme mental, physical, and emotional trauma from their abuse which extends well into their adulthood.

With this trauma and drastically impacted life often comes unforeseen and unwanted financial burdens for CSA victims. Since the trauma of CSA is something survivors grapple with for the rest of their lives, this can result in extreme financial costs and losses in nearly every aspect of a victims’ life. These are expenses victims should have never even needed to bear. Victims often struggle with the weight of all they have lost from their abuse, financially and emotionally.

Few CSA victims realize they have legal rights that entitle them to compensation for their abuse, compensation that can help ease the weight of financial burdens caused by sexual abuse. While we understand compensation cannot fix or reverse the trauma of sexual abuse, many CSA victims have found recovery and justice through filing a claim against their abusers. Through filing a sexual abuse lawsuit, victims may be able to not only hold their abusers accountable for their actions, but can recover monetary compensation to pay for counseling and medical treatments necessary to help recover from abuse.

If you were a victim of sexual abuse as a child, please know you are not alone or without options to help you along your journey to recovery. We have caring professionals standing by 24/7 to discuss whether you may be able to file a claim for your abuse, and we ensure your story is kept confidential. To speak with one of our representatives today, fill out our contact form or call us today at 1.866.428.2529.

Costs Linked to Childhood Sexual Abuse

Because of the all-encompassing impact of CSA, financial compensation is incredibly important to CSA victims to reclaim. Many victims’ lives and future possibilities are shattered by their past abuse, and compensation through filing a claim can help put them back on a path to healing and recovery. Below we have listed a few of the many examples of additional costs linked to childhood sexual abuse. Costs like those listed below could be covered through claiming financial compensation.

Medical Expenses

After enduring sexual abuse, medical treatment is often necessary for victims. Throughout their lifetime, survivors of CSA struggle with the physical and mental trauma from their abuse. To treat mental and physical trauma, CSA victims often face extra costs from therapy, prescription medications, and rehabilitation. CSA is also linked to an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, self-inflicted injury, and substance abuse, requiring the need for medical attention to recover.

Special Education

New research even shows that the financial costs of child sexual abuse for victims stretches far beyond medical spheres. Children who have been sexually abused are more likely to need special education compared to nonabused children. According to one study, 19.9% of sexually abused children required special education compared to 13.7% of children who were not sexually abused.


CSA can cause a severe impact to a victim’s productivity throughout their lifetime. Since abuse can impact victims’ behaviors and mental health, many CSA victims cannot hold jobs for long or have to take less-than-ideal jobs in order to continue to go to therapy. This results in reduced earnings for CSA victims compared to those who never experienced sexual abuse. One study found that adult women who were victims of CA made 20.3% lower in earnings than women who were not victims of CSA.

While the data for male victims of CSA was not available, another set of researchers calculated that the average lifetime cost of productivity losses per female victim of nonfatal CSA is $223,581. Despite limited data, researchers estimated that the average lifetime cost per male victim of nonfatal CSA in 2015 to be $74,691.

What Can I Recover Compensation for?

Through filing a sexual abuse claim, victims can usually recover damages, the amount of compensation awarded to plaintiffs by a jury, for expenses caused by their abuse. Damages often listed in sexual abuse claims include the following:

  • Damaged Relationships
  • Years of Limited Employment
  • Costs of Medial and Psychiatric Treatment
  • Counseling
  • Diminished Quality of Life
  • Special Education Costs
  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Lost Wages
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Loss of Companionship and Love
  • Court and Attorney Fees

Were You or a Loved One a Victim of Child Sexual Abuse?

If you or a loved one suffered childhood sexual abuse, you may benefit greatly from having an experienced sexual abuse attorney on your side. At AVA Law Group, we’ve partnered with top-notch sexual abuse attorneys from across the country, attorneys with proven track records of successfully winning compensation for clients. To see if you may be eligible for compensation for your abuse, fill out our contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation, or call us at 1.866.4.AVALAW. We have trusted representatives standing by 24/7 to answer your questions and concerns.

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