It is always an important victory when sex abuse victims bring successful civil claims or criminal charges against their perpetrators. Sex abusers should be punished and kept from hurting others, and victims deserve justice and compensation.
When a sex abuse victim comes forward years after the initial abuse incident to bring a claim, there are always skeptics who vocally doubt the veracity of the claim. "Why would you wait so long?" They'll ask, "And, after all these years, does it still matter?"
One of the biggest challenges for sex abuse victims is coming forward and reporting the abuse. There are many reasons why people keep silent about sexual abuse they have experienced.
Without considering the actual facts and statistics, many people might assume that sexual abuse is not too widespread of a problem. Sure, people might think, there are a few highly publicized cases every year, but is it really that common of a problem?
For many people who have suffered any form of unwanted sexual activity, and often for their family members, the first question is: What is sexual abuse? Did this action count as sexual abuse?