Last month, 3 men broke into a woman's home in Kearny. They allegedly demanded money and then bound her and covered her face before 2 of them sexually assaulted her. The attackers reportedly threatened her with a gun and then left with her car. Appallingly, the woman's young child was present during this horrific assault.
The 3 co-defendants face a range of charges for the December 22nd attack including aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.
Court records indicate that one of the perpetrators previously knew the victim, and may have used his knowledge to gain access to the house.
More Than 1 Million Burglaries Each Year
The Department of Justice reports that more than 1 million burglaries occur each year with people in the home. Tragically, 27% of these home occupants become victims of a violent crime.
A home invasion is the illegal entry into someone's home, whether the occupant is present or not. The home invader has the intent to commit a crime, and the act usually involves some type of force.
Victims of Sexual Assault Suffer from Short and Long-Term Effects
One common effect is depression, when feelings of hopelessness and sadness persist for long periods and interrupt regular thought patterns. Depression can affect your behavior and your relationship with others. Survivors of violent acts may suffer from depression and it is a serious mental health condition - not something you can snap out of at will.
Sexual assault victims may also have recurrent flashbacks where they feel that the trauma is taking place in the current moment. They may fear that the perpetrator is physically present.
Just like military personnel can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), so can those who are victims of sexual violence. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect survivors of any type of trauma, including sexual assault. Victims may experience extreme feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and nervousness, making it difficult to function in everyday life.
Our law firm has particular expertise in representing and advocating on behalf of victims of all types of sexual abuse. Our office is all-inclusive - in other words, we represent victims through the criminal process and then into a civil lawsuit. Please contact us immediately if you have been a victim of an act of sexual violence.
We Can Help If You Have Been a Victim of Sexual Assault
If you or a family member has experienced sexual assault of any kind or has been injured in an accident or by any other type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex County, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.