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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault occurs when a sexual act takes place without consent. Sexual assault can come in many forms and affect people of all ages and genders. Sexual assaults always have one thing in common: they are never the victim’s fault. 

Sexual assault victims often struggle to come forward and seek justice. Many feel shame and powerlessness after being assaulted. It is common for victims to fear that they won’t be believed, or that they are partially at fault for the assault. This should never be the case. 

By trusting Melissa Hague, a skilled sexual assault lawyer, with your story, you are choosing a warrior who will work tirelessly to obtain justice on your behalf. Melissa and her team of trauma-informed attorneys and paralegals represent survivors of sexual assault with compassion, experience, and knowledge. With their support, you will be empowered to regain your voice.

You can count on us to fight for your rights. Contact Melissa for your free, confidential consultation today and have your voice heard. 

Types of Sexual Assault

Sexual assaults can take many different forms. It involves sexual behaviors or contact you didn’t consent to. Some examples are:

  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Unwanted touching, groping, or fondling
  • Forced penetration or sodomy 
  • Sexual coercion (guilting, shaming, or threatening someone to have sex)
  • Sexual behavior or abuse involving children
  • Incest
  • Marital rape
  • Sexual assault facilitated by drugs
  • Sexual assault involving multiple perpetrators (gang-rape)
  • Prison rape
  • Elderly sexual assault

Sexual assault isn’t always physical. Here are some examples of non-physical forms of sexual assault:

  • Stalking
  • Sexual harassment
  • Flashing
  • Showing pornographic images/videos 
  • Voyeurism (watching someone naked without their consent)

Sexual assault can involve any form of unwanted sexual behavior. Sexual assault injuries can result even from non-physical forms of assault, leaving victims with lifelong negative consequences. 

A sexual assault attorney can help you determine whether you or someone close to you is the victim of sexual assault. 

The common theme of all types of sexual assault is that it occurs without the victim’s consent.

Understanding Consent

Consent is the act of agreeing to sexual behavior or activity. Consent to sexual activity is freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, specific, and reversible. Participation involves an active and willing individual.

Victims who are coerced to engage in sexual activity have not given their consent. Proper consent has not been provided if the sexual activity includes: 

  • Threats
  • Coercion
  • Intoxicated or drugged victim
  • Unconscious victim
  • Violence
  • Threat of violence
  • Fraud
  • Force

Consent is also determined by factors such as: 

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Vulnerable adults (the elderly or ill)
  • Victim-perpetrator relationship

Although many disabled people have the decision-making capacity to freely consent to sex, there are some who don’t. 

Age is a major factor in consent. State laws vary, but a person under the legal age of consent cannot legally consent to sexual activity. Sexual assault occurs when a child is involved in physical or non-physical forms of sexual activity. 

Victims of Sexual Assault

Trauma caused by sexual assault can be severe and long-lasting. Sexual assault victims may experience mental and emotional problems. Because of the long-term impact on psychological health, victims may struggle to maintain healthy relationships, trust others, and feel safe. 

Sexual assault can affect anyone. Victims can include:

  • Males
  • Females
  • Non-binary individuals
  • Transgender people
  • Elderly people
  • Disabled people
  • Children

Family members can take legal action on behalf of a child, elderly person, disabled person, or other victim who can’t do so themselves. 

Victims of sexual assault often feel hesitant about speaking with a lawyer due to the sensitive and emotional nature of the crime. Often, victims fear that they won’t be believed or treated with compassion and care. 

Melissa Hague and her team are trauma-informed, which means they will treat victims with dignity and compassion when they come forward. 

You will always find the support and understanding you deserve when you share your story with Melissa. 

 

The Toll of Sexual Assault

It can be difficult for victims of sexual assault to take legal action after the assault. Often, a victim wishes to move forward without dwelling on the assault. There is also a tendency for victims to feel ashamed or fearful of coming forward. 

This difficult process will be made easier for you by a compassionate sexual assault attorney. Sexual assault involves a high level of trauma as well as financial burden. Sexual assault can lead to: 

  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Fertility problems
  • Therapy
  • Prescription medications

A sexual assault can take a significant mental and emotional toll on victims, but they may also face financial challenges as they attempt to heal and move forward. 

Sexual assault lawyers can assist victims who have medical and mental health expenses due to sexual assault. By helping victims find relief from the financial burden brought about by sexual assault, Melissa Hague and her team have a proven track record in restoring justice to victims. 

Gaining Compensation After Sexual Assault

The police should always be notified of sexual assaults. However, even when a perpetrator is successfully prosecuted, it does nothing to provide a sexual assault victim with compensation for the severe damage. Victims should be aware that civil lawsuits can still be pursued even if the perpetrator has not been successfully prosecuted criminally.

Sexual assault victims should seek the assistance of a sexual assault lawyer who can file a civil case on their behalf. Only in this manner can a victim of sexual assault be compensated after sexual assault. 

Financial Responsibility for Sexual Assault

It’s not only the perpetrator who is at fault when sexual assault occurs. In many cases, the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator or the location of the assault can provide additional compensation opportunities. 

Sexual assaults are commonly committed in the following locations: 

  • College campus
  • Public place with poor lighting
  • Medical office
  • Hospital
  • Assisted living facility
  • Military
  • Prison
  • Childcare center
  • Youth organization
  • Sports facility

In cases like these, third parties such as businesses and organizations may be held financially responsible.

A Woman Warrior Who Fights for You

Melissa Hague and her team are dedicated to advocating for the victims of sexual assault. Melissa is a skilled sexual assault lawyer whose compassion helps victims cope with the fear and anxiety they have when seeking legal help. 
Melissa’s a woman warrior, and she’s ready to defend you. Tell your story, and get your voice back. Set up a free, confidential consultation with a sexual assault lawyer today. 

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