Legal redress options available to abuse victims
Sally is a working mother who was sexually abused as a child by her teacher. When her daughter was about to begin school, Sally started experiencing flashbacks of her childhood abuse. She became anxious and depressed, could not concentrate at work or sleep. She began drinking excessively, had trouble managing her anger and problems arose in her marriage. She sought therapy through her EAP program at work. The therapy seemed to be helping until her male therapist sexually propositioned her. Sally experienced this as very confusing and as a betrayal of her trust. She felt overwhelmed, helpless and attempted suicide by overdose. She was brought by ambulance to the emergency department and, after her physical condition stabilized, was admitted to the hospital’s psychiatry ward for treatment.