Any non-consensual sexual activity is sexual assault. Whenever someone engages in non-consensual sexual activity with another person, they have committed sexual assault.
During a sexual encounter, partners have the right to revoke consent at any time for any reason. That is because consent is an agreement between adults that is active, ongoing, and evolving. Even if consent has been granted by the participants in a sexual encounter, any partner has the right to stop the activity if they no longer wish to proceed. If a partner continues the sexual activity after consent has been revoked, they have committed sexual assault.
However, sexual assault does not only involve violent, criminal acts like rape or attempted rape. Any unwanted sexual action that robs another person of their bodily autonomy is considered sexual assault. Examples of these activities often include grabbing, groping, forced kissing, non-consensual touching, and other forms of harassment.
While the perpetrators of sexual assault may be able to go about their lives without giving the non-consensual sexual encounter they instigated a second thought, their victims may carry the trauma of their abuse with them for the rest of their lives. Being assaulted can have a profound and long-lasting effect on a survivor’s psychological well-being and mental health.
In addition to the physical trauma, emotional anguish, and psychological challenges that sexual assault survivors often develop, people who were victimized frequently incur significant financial losses as a direct result of their assault. Damages in sexual assault claims are often economic and non-economic in nature, and frequently include:
- Psychological counselling
- Prescription medication
- Mileage for medical appointments
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Failure to reach potential
- Loss of interdependent relationship
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And possibly more
If you were the victim of sexual assault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Although no amount of money will be able to fully compensate you for the crime committed against you, by pursuing a civil claim for damages you have incurred as a result of your traumatizing experience, you may be able to offset your assault-related financial losses and recover a sense of accountability and justice.
Our sexual assault lawyers serving Amherst believe that assault survivors should not be forced to pay the expensive, often ongoing costs associated with recovering from trauma inflicted upon them by the perpetrator of a reprehensible crime. Since there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault claims, our Amherst sexual assault lawyers may be able to provide you with crucial legal assistance regardless of how far in the past your trauma occurred.
The victims of sexual assault have the right to pursue justice and restitution for the crimes committed against them. To discuss your situation with our sensitive and compassionate sexual assault lawyers serving Amherst and learn about legal options that may be available to you, consider booking a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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During a cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with our Amherst sexual assault lawyers, you will have the opportunity to review your case, ask important questions, learn about options for financial recovery that may be available, and receive the benefit of our legal advice, all at no cost.
To learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to assist you in your pursuit of justice, schedule your free initial consultation with our sexual assault lawyers serving Amherst.