What Constitutes Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse includes any type of interaction or contact that has the intention of sexually stimulating the predator. This includes inappropriate touching, display of body parts, child pornography, unwanted contact, and even lewd harassment. A victim of this type of harassment does not include just women. It may happen to anyone – men, women, children, the elderly, coworkers, and so on. Sexual abuse of children is any type of sexual contact or activity, and any sexual contact of an adult to a minor is considered abuse.
Many children who have been the victims of sexual abuse do not understand what is happening, or they are concerned that their story may not be believed. This leads to many unreported cases, leaving a child without the help that they so desperately need. Unfortunately, a family’s disbelief or embarrassment may cause the victim to attempt to forget the ordeal by burying the incident, often leading to self-destructive behaviors. These behaviors may occur years later, showing themselves as drug abuse, alcoholism, trust issues, and even sexual harassment.
Hold Your Perpetrator Accountable
Sexual assault is a crime. However, it is also a matter that may be taken up in a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. As a victim of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment, you have the right to force the person that assaulted, abused, or harassed you to stand up in court and be held accountable for his or her actions.
In criminal court, the perpetrator must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in a civil lawsuit, the standard of proof is much lower. In a civil suit, the jury may only have to believe it is more likely than not that the perpetrator committed the act. Even if the perpetrator is not charged criminally, you may still file a civil suit for sexual assault, abuse, or harassment.
Many victims of sexual assault may be reluctant to file suit against their attacker. They may just want it all to go away. However, often the best way to begin the healing process may be to fight back. Our sexual abuse attorneys are here to help you do just that. We will handle your case with sensitivity and we will fight for your rights.