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Physical Injuries from Sexual Abuse

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sexual assaults and abuse are not accidental in nature. A sexual assault occurs when one individual intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual acts with another individual who is fifteen years old or older, without his or her consent. In the state of Arizona, sexual abuse is filed as a felony offense. While sexual abuse involves a physical act, injuries from sexual abuse are both physical and emotional.

Besides the obvious physical trauma sustained from the sexual act itself, it is not uncommon for sex abusers to use physical force to elicit compliance from their victims. Signs of such force can be seen in head injuries, broken bones, cuts and bruises and even in internal organ trauma. Either the force itself, or an attempt on the part of the victim to escape, is capable of causing these types of injuries. A sex abuser who physically restrains his or her victims could leave cuts or bruises on their arms and legs.

He or she could also cause broken bones and/or head injuries in an attempt to silence an intended victim or demonstrate a certain level of dominance. Not all physical injuries will be easily seen. Internal organ trauma can occur after a fall, when a large amount force is applied to a person's body, in cases where an individual is thrown against a heavy object and more. This type of physical injury is not necessarily simple to detect, as there may be no signs of bruising or external wounds.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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