In the context of sexual experiences, consent refers to a clearly understood, evolving and– perhaps most important– revocable agreement between adults. Any sexual activity committed without the consent of all parties involved is sexual assault.
Also known as sexual battery, sexual assault could encompass an array of actions or behaviours committed without consent. Rape and attempted rape are forms of sexual assault. Other forms of sexual assault include forced kissing, grabbing, unwanted touching, and various types of harassment.
Although many may believe that sexual assault is most often perpetrated against strangers, in truth, the majority of sexual assault victims have a personal pre-existing relationship with their abuser. This fact could be one of the many reasons the survivors of sexual assault decide to remain silent about the abuse perpetrated against them. Sexual assault is often committed by trusted figures in the victim’s life, such as co-workers, educators, friends, family members, and even romantic partners. It often takes an overwhelming deal of courage and emotional fortitude to talk about sexual assault, especially when it is committed by someone the victim previously trusted and respected.
The overwhelming majority of sexual assault victims are women, particularly those who are members of vulnerable communities including trans, Indigenous, and disabled women. However, anyone can be the victim of sexual assault, and may be forced into performing non-consensual sexual activity regardless of their gender expression, age, cultural background, sexuality, or other distinguishing characteristic.
In order to engage in sexual activities with a non-consenting partner, perpetrators of sexual assault may use violence, employ threats, blackmail, intimidate, or otherwise rob their victims of their control over what happens to their bodies. This, in fact, is the hallmark of sexual assault. Every consenting adult should have control over their own bodies; perpetrators of sexual assault take that control away from their victims by forcing them into an activity in which they did not wish to participate. Doing so may cause the survivor of sexual assault to experience a great deal of physical pain, emotional trauma, and psychological distress.
Since there is no provincial statute of limitations on sexual assault claims, if you were the victim of sexual assault, regardless of how far in the past your assault took place, you have the right to pursue justice. Our sexual assault lawyers serving Quispamsis have a history of helping survivors pursue legal action against the people who assaulted them. By filing a civil claim for damages against your abuser, our Quispamsis sexual assault lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages you incurred or will incur in the future as the direct result of your assault. These damages may include:
- Psychological counselling
- Psychiatric treatment
- 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
To review your case with our sexual assault lawyers serving Quispamsis, schedule a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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Our Quispamsis sexual assault lawyers appreciate how difficult it can be to talk about an emotional, traumatic experience. During a free initial consultation with our sexual assault lawyers sering Quispamsis, you will have the opportunity to review your situation with our patient, considerate, and sensitive sexual assault lawyers and receive legal advice tailored to your specific situation.
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