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What Is the Difference Between Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence?

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Sexual assault is an act or attempted act of sexual contact without the victim’s consent. It can involve physical force and threats, coercion, manipulation, or other forms of control. The range of acts that constitute sexual assault can include unwanted touching, fondling, oral sex, anal sex, vaginal penetration with a body part or foreign object, digital penetration (penetration with a finger), and rape.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any form of unwanted sexual activity that involves force, aggression, intimidation, and threats. This includes rape and other forms of physical or psychological coercive behavior intended to sexually exploit or violate another person’s bodily autonomy. Sexual violence can also have psychological trauma and physical injury resulting from unwanted sexual contact.

The key difference between sexual assault and sexual violence is that sexual assault involves direct physical contact or penetration, while sexual violence does not necessarily require physical contact but may involve criminal acts such as threats or coercion.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, a number of damages may be recovered through a civil lawsuit. These include physical injuries, emotional distress, financial losses (including lost wages and medical expenses), and punitive damages. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand your rights and empower you to seek justice against your abuser.

The most commonly recorded damages for sexual abuse cases include:

  • Medical expenses, including therapy and medication
  • Lost wages due to missed work or reduced hours/salary
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages for egregious behavior

Our firm can provide you with the advice and representation you need to seek justice for sexual abuse. Contact us today for more information.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Sexual Assaulted?

If you have been the victim of sexual assault or any other form of sexual violence, it is important that you seek help immediately. It is also important to remember that no matter how long ago the incident occurred, help and support are still available.

You can contact your local police department to file a report and visit a hospital or clinic for medical assistance. To protect yourself from future harm, legal avenues are available to pursue justice against your perpetrator or perpetrators.

We understand the life-altering consequences of sexual abuse and are dedicated to helping survivors seek justice. Our experienced lawyers can provide personalized advice and representation tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today for more information about your potential case. There may be a statute of limitations in your state, so do not delay.

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