Any sexual activity committed without consent is sexual assault. Consent is an active, ongoing, evolving, clearly understood, and revocable agreement between adults. Whenever someone engages in non-consensual sexual activity with another person, they have committed sexual assault.
Also referred to as sexual battery in the context of civil claims, sexual assault can refer to a number of unwanted actions, behaviours, or overtures. These may include overtly violent forms of assault, including rape and attempted rape, as well as forced kissing, grabbing, groping, 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 many instances, survivors of sexual assault require extensive psychological counselling or psychiatric treatment in order to properly address their assault. Pursuing these necessary treatments may cause the survivors of sexual assault to incur substantial financial losses over the course of years, or even decades.
Furthermore, victims of sexual assault may develop devilitating mental health issues that prevent them from performing the duties of their jobs, causing them to incur financial losses in the form of lost wages. In addition, if the emotional fallout from the trauma they endured makes it impossible for assault victims to complete educational opportunities or vocational training, as a result of someone else’s criminal behaviour, they may suffer from a reduced future earning capability for the rest of their lives.
While some may believe that sexual assault is often perpetrated by strangers against unsuspecting victims, the fact remains that most occurences of sexual assault are perpetrated by people with whom their victims have a close, pre-existing relationship. People are more likely to be assaulted by friends, family members, colleagues, co-workers, and acquaintances than they are strangers. This is one of many reasons the victims of sexual assault often remain silent about the crimes committed against them. Speaking out against abusers can seem like a daunting, emotionally difficult, and potentially re-triggering process.
However, by working with our compassionate sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney Mines, if you were the victim of assault, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the damages you have incurred as a result of your assault. These damages may include:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Failure to reach potential
- Loss of interdependent relationship
- Psychological counselling
- Prescription medication
- Mileage for medical appointments
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And possibly more
Our Sydney Mines sexual assault lawyers appreciate that no amount of money will truly be able to compensate you for the trauma you have endured. However, by pursuing a civil claim against your attacker, our sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to help you recover the accountability and restitution you deserve.
To learn more about how our Sydney Mines sexual assault lawyers may be able to help with your case, schedule a free initial consultation by calling Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault claims in this province. That means that no matter how far in the past your assault occurred, our sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to help you pursue a civil claim to recover damages you have incurred.
To discuss your case and learn about options that may be available to you, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation with our Sydney Mines Sexual Assault Lawyers.