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What Is Considered Sexual Assault?

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After you’ve endured a form of nonconsensual touching, any emotions you feel are normal and it’s important to understand that you don’t have to act a certain way. Many survivors of sexual assault choose to work through their trauma privately, while others want to pursue legal action against the person who hurt them.

If you find yourself in the latter category, our female-led personal injury law firm can help you pursue a civil case against your abuser. While you can seek out the help of law enforcement to have criminal charges pressed against your abuser, many have more luck by filing a personal injury claim for emotional damages.

The burden of proof in a civil case is lower, so your sexual assault lawyer only has to prove that it’s more likely than not that the perpetrator caused these damages through their actions.

The negligent or intentional act in this personal injury case is sexual assault. The world of sexual relations is vast and includes multiple acts, and any, if not all of these, can be non-consensual.

What kinds of sexual assault can you sue for in a personal injury case?

Sexual assault includes any unwanted sexual activity, including:

  • Rape, which is defined as unwanted penetration or sexual intercourse with a body part or object
  • Attempted rape
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
  • Forcing the victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex

Your personal injury lawyer will tell you that forcing someone to do a sexual act is not limited to using physical force; someone can force someone into sex using threats, manipulation, or by administering alcohol or drugs to incapacitate them.

Sexual assault can happen in any situation, whether you are at work or at the doctor’s office. It’s sad that people use their authority to force their subordinates to have sexual relations with them, but it’s common between managers and their reports and doctors and their patients.

If someone has forced you to engage in sexual intercourse or some other kind of sexual act against your will, reach out to our lawyers to file a claim. We will help you gather evidence to prove to the courts that this person is responsible for your pain and suffering.