Effects of Sex Crimes on Victims

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Effects of Sex Crimes on Victims

Sex crimes are some of the most controversial crimes in existence. This is understandable, because of its moral implications and effects on victims. The negative effects of sex crimes on victims may depend on various factors, such as the nature of the sex crime, its severity, the victim’s age, and how the victim personally responses to such a crime.
The website www.criminalattorneysnashville.com has enumerated various forms of sex crimes, including those that involve minors, such as statutory rape, solicitation of a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor, and others including those that involve force, such as rape and spousal sexual battery – and these have their own unique effects on victims, and these effects will vary depending on the factors stated above.

Physical Effects

If the sex crime involves a lot of force, like rape, the victims are more prone to physical effects, such as anal or vaginal bleeding, difficulty sitting, standing, and walking, sexually transmitted diseases, urinary infections, and even unwanted pregnancies.
But there can also be physical effects that don’t directly involve the anal and vaginal areas, because the victim may also sustain broken bones, bruises, and cuts from the excessive force.

Emotional and Psychological Effects

The worst sex crimes have the worst emotional and psychological effects, including anger, anxiety, denial, depression, embarrassment, and loss of self-worth. These will further result in other behavioral changes, including disinterest to social interactions, increased irritability, and escapist behaviors such as overeating, oversleeping, overworking, and worst of all, suicide.
Even the relatively minor sex offenses, such as sexual harassment in the office, can have effects. Victims may suffer from productivity issues, and may even intentionally avoid work by calling in sick.

What to Do

Do not be afraid to step up and fight for yourself. If you have been a victim of a sex crime, report it to local authorities, and better, consult with an attorney to help with your case against your sexual offender.
However, the website of the Flaherty Defense Firm says that accusations of sexual misconduct may be defended. So, it is expected that the offender will defend himself or herself as well. But the important thing here is that you rise and try to fight for what is right.