Washington Man Files Personal Injury Suit for Alleged Sexual Abuse

A Washington man is suing for a childhood sexual assault.A Washington man who claims he was sexually abused at a Tacoma group home for boys in the 1980s has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the state and the agency that ran the establishment, according to the News Tribune.

The suit named the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Gateways for Youth and Families and 10 former employees of the Home on the Hill as defendants. The newspaper said Gateways owned and operated the Home on the Hill during the period of the alleged abuse under a license issued by the DSHS.

The victim, now 38, reportedly lived at the home in 1985-1986. The lawsuit claims he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by both residents and staff members during his stay and that workers ignored his attempts to report the abuse, reported the paper. It also states the DSHS either knew or should have known about what was occurring.

According to the news source, the man decided to sue after recently being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his time at the Home on the Hill.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone was has been through a serious or dangerous event, such as war veterans, victims of physical or sexual abuse or transportation accident survivors. Sometimes the illness is not diagnosed until years after a traumatizing event has taken place.