Out of Darkness, Into Light: Sexual abuse

Unfortunately, sexual violence happens to many people, but they feel shameful to speak about it. It’s time to speak about it and not to be a victim of sexual abuse anymore.

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact that can happen to men or women of any age.

Sexual Abuse actions can include the following:images

  • Refusal to use contraception;
  • Deliberate causing unwanted physical pain during sex;
  • Deliberate passing on sexual diseases or infections;
  • Use of objects, toys, or other items without consent and to cause pain or humiliation

Sexual Assault can include a wide range of unwanted sexual contact such as: rape,download (1) forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration, forced sexual intercourse, inappropriate touching, forced kissing, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls which torture a victim in a sexual manner.

Sexual assault occurs when an actor inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration and the victim:

  1. is incapable of appraising the nature of the abuser’s conduct;
  2. submits erroneously, believing the actor to be the victim’s spouse;
  3. is less than 15 years of age and the actor is at least 4 years older than the victim;
  4. is physically helpless;
  5. has lost the power to self-appraise or self-control through employment of any drug or intoxicant by the abuser;
  6. is forced into submission by:
  •  actual application of physical force or physical violence;download
  • threat of imminent death, serious bodily injury, extreme pain;
  • threat to retaliate in the future against the victim, or any other person;
  • use of the position of supervisory or disciplinary authority (while the victim is in custody of law or detained in a hospital) unless the act is incident to a lawful search.

Whether you are a victim of sexual abuse or you have been accused of sexual abuse, come to Legal Bistro and consult with an experienced attorney immediately to learn about your rights, defenses and the complicated legal system.


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