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Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Assault/Abuse?

According to the CDC, sexual violence is defined as “sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not freely given. SV impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ages. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female.”

Although the majority of victims are women, there are still a large number of male’s that have experienced sexual assault. In fact, about 1 in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lifetime, compared with 1 in 5 women. 

However, the fact is that the true number of sexual assault and violence cases are still unclear, as they often go unreported. This may be due to fear, embarrassment, or the desire to simply move past the traumatic event or events. 

What long-term effects can victims suffer?

While sexual assault or abuse are traumatizing in themselves, there are multiple long-term effects that victims may suffer from for years to come. These can include a number of emotional, psychological, and physical results, including:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Suicide
  • Sexual disorder
  • And more.

Getting past many of these can require a number of treatments, including counseling and medical assistance, and may cause significant loss in income, time away from loved ones, etc.

Who is held liable?

Although it’s fairly obvious that the perpetrator or perpetrators of these abusive acts should be held liable, other parties may be deemed to have played a part in the crime (or crimes) as well. 

For example, if a sexual assault happened in a hotel room, where security was inept or the locks were broken, the hotel itself may be found partially responsible. Likewise, the same can be true for medical professionals, location staff, and more.

Criminal vs. Civil Claims

Although sexual assault is absolutely a crime, when it comes to obtaining justice in a criminal court of law, proving that the incident occurred without a reasonable doubt can be a difficult feat. 

However, when it comes to civil courts, perpetrators, and even third-parties that may have helped the crime take place due to their negligence or misconduct, can be prosecuted in a court of law with far less burden of proof.  

What’s more, even a spouse can sue those responsible in civil court, all in an effort to gain remediation for resulting riffs in their marriage, anger issues, and pain and suffering, among others.

In civil court, victims can still receive compensation to help with things like:

  • Counseling
  • Unemployment
  • Medical treatments
  • And more

An Attorney at Zaner Harden Law can help to protect your rights and fight for you.

If you, or someone you love has been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, call Zaner Harden Law for a free and confidential consultation at (303) 558-6221, or complete our Free Case Evaluation Form and we’ll reach out to you.

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