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Sexual Assault Overview
Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is the sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. It includes, but is not limited to, rape, fondling, unwanted sexual touching, and forcing a victim to perform sexual acts. Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment occurs generally in the form of sexual advances, such as: requests for sexual favors, vulgar language, inappropriate gestures and jokes, and displaying offensive pictures.
- “Quid pro quo” harassment, in which the harasser implies that the inappropriate conduct is required for employment. For quid pro quo harassment, the harasser must be in a place of authority over the employee. For example, promising a promotion in exchange for a sexual favor, or threatening to fire someone if they do not perform a sexual favor it sexual harassment.
Singular Incidents: Singular incidents can be grounds for a sexual assault. If the offense is deemed as petty or an annoyance, it may not rise to the degree of legality that would be brought to a court. However, there are many circumstances in which a one-time incident will constitute a sexual assault.
A sexual assault can occur anywhere, and with anyone: there are no limitations to where or who it would be deemed acceptable. Common places of sexual assault occur in the workplace and at home. Other places that sexual assaults can occur are in schools, churches, and camps, they can also occur in remote places and places where the victim and perpetrator are alone.
Issues of Consent
Sexual Assault Court Proceedings
- Threats of sexual assault
- Attempts to sexually touch another person
A battery is a completed assault. It is the unlawful physical contact with another person so has not consented to that contact. While assault only requires the threat of physical contact, battery requires that physical contact actually happens. Examples of battery include:
- Unwanted sexual touching
- Forcible Sodomy
- Forcible Object Insertion
- Martial Rape
- Sexual contact with minors (consensual or nonconsensual)
The law does not just recognize physical harm, but emotional harm as well. Intentional infliction of emotional distress occurs when the perpetrator recklessly or intentionally acted in an extreme or outrageous way that actually caused the victim severe emotional distress.
The lawyers at Cannon & Associates are FIERCE ADVOCATES that will believe you and fight for you. If you believe you have been the victim of a sexual assault, Cannon & Associates is here to listen and help you navigate your claim from start to finish. Please contact us for a judgment-free consultation.