The overwhelming majority of sexual assault survivors are women. However, regardless of gender, anyone can be the victim of sexual assault. Also referred to as sexual battery in the context of civil litigation, sexual assault is an umbrella term for a number of actions or behaviours perpetrated against another adult without their consent.
During a sexual encounter, consent can be revoked at any time. That is because consent is a clearly understood agreement between adults that evolves throughout a sexual encounter. Whenever someone engages in sexual activity with another person without their consent or after their consent has been revoked, they have committed sexual assault. As such, sexual assault can refer to variety of activities, including but not limited to rape, attempted rape, unwanted touching, grabbing, forced kissing, and other types of sexual harrassment. People can be assaulted by strangers employing violence, threats, or other forms of intimidation to force their victims to engage in non-consensual sexual activity. In many cases, though, victims of sexual assault have a personal, pre-existing relationship with their abuser. Trusted figures in a victim’s life, such as friends, family members, teachers, sports coaches, and religious figures often abuse an imbalance of power in their relationship to force their victims into an unwanted sexual encounter.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, speaking out about the crime committed against you can be emotionally challenging. Sexual assault survivors often feel as though pursuing justice and accountability will be a fruitless endeavour. Victims commonly worry that, if they decide to take legal action against the person who perpetuated their assault, they will face undue scrutiny, shaming, and worst of all, disbelief. For these and a myriad of other reasons, sexual assault survivors often suffer in silence.
However, in Sydney, there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault claims. That means, regardless of how far in the past your assault transpired, you still have the right to pursue civil action against the perpetrator. Our sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney know that no amount of money will be able to change the past or justify the crimes that have been perpetrated against you. That said, our Sydney sexual assault lawyers are passionate about helping the victims of abuse recover the financial compensation they deserve. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should suffer the indignities of incurring financial losses as the result of another party’s criminal behaviour.
By working with our Sydney sexual assault lawyers, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages you have incurred as a result of your assault. In sexual assault claims, damages often 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 sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. If you are ready to discuss your situation with our Sydney sexual assault lawyers and learn about the options that may be available to you, schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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Our sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney appreciate how much bravery and emotional fortitude it can take to talk about assault. Regardless of how far in the past your sexual assault took place, speaking about the experience may be difficult, emotionally and psychologically.
In order to best serve our community’s survivors, our Sydney sexual assault lawyers provide a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. If you are unsure of which steps to take next and would like to learn about the options that may be available to you, schedule a free first meeting with Preszler Injury Lawyers as soon as you feel able. Our compassionate and sensitive sexual assault lawyers serving Sydney are standing by to discuss your case, and to explain options for financial recovery that may be available.
To learn more about how our Sydney sexual assault lawyers may be able to assist you, book your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.