Dallas Sexual Assault Injury Lawyers
Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault Seek Justice
Sexual assault—which includes any form of sexual conduct or behavior without the consent of all involved parties—is a crime. Those who commit sexual assault not only face criminal prosecution and related penalties but can also be held civilly liable. Survivors of sexual assault can seek justice, as well as restitution for related financial and intangible losses, by filing sexual assault injury claims against perpetrators.
At Potts Law Firm, we recognize the immense, life-changing impact sexual assault has on survivors and, in many cases, their loved ones. We also understand that no amount of financial compensation can ever negate the trauma you or your loved one has been through. However, pursuing a lawsuit can empower survivors and provide the monetary resources they need to navigate the healing process.
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What Is Sexual Assault?
RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) defines sexual assault as any type of “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.” This includes instances in which a person cannot reasonably or legally grant consent, such as when an individual is intoxicated, unconscious, or cognitively impaired.
Sexual assault includes but is not limited to the following acts:
- Attempted rape
- Unwanted sexual touching, such as groping and fondling
- Forced sexual acts, such as forced oral sex or penetration
Note that “force” does not always mean physical pressure or violence. Sexual assault can also occur through coercion, manipulation, threats, guilt tripping, and intimidation.
It is also important to remember that silence or the lack of saying “no” does not constitute consent. Instead, consent should be clear and enthusiastic. An individual can give and take away consent at any time, including during a sexual act. A person can also change their mind about giving consent, and consent for past sexual acts does not automatically imply consent for future sexual acts.
What Is a Sexual Assault Injury Claim?
A sexual assault injury claim is a type of civil claim, meaning it is separate from any criminal proceedings that may (or may not) occur related to the incident. Sexual assault injury claims are essentially a type of personal injury claim in which sexual assault survivors seek compensation for the damages they have sustained as a result of the incident.
Depending on the specific details of a given case, damages may include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Financial losses
- Lost income or wages
At Potts Law Firm, we firmly believe that perpetrators of sexual assault should not only be made accountable to society at large but also directly to those they harm. A successful sexual assault injury lawsuit can do just that. While a criminal sexual assault case seeks to punish the perpetrator, this does little to help the victim. A civil case, on the other hand, is designed to help sexual assault survivors not only obtain justice but also the financial restitution they need to become “whole” and move forward with their lives.
Request a free, confidential consultation with our Dallas sexual assault injury lawyers by calling us at (214) 238-8572 or contacting us online using our secure contact form.
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