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Sexual Assault FAQ

The Gold Law Firm – Sexual Assault Victims Rights Attorneys

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At the Gold Law Firm, our sexual assault victims rights attorneys are dedicated to helping the survivors of sexual assault obtain justice against their abusers. Rarely does assault happen in a vacuum. All to often organizations create a culture that enables powerful people in that organization, to abuse the power they wield. When a company or other type of organization protects and shelters abusers by covering up or ignoring their behavior, they can and should be held accountable.

An assault is a highly traumatic experience that often leaves its survivors feeling vulnerable, bewildered and unsure of what to do. The sexual assault FAQ below answers many common questions, and clarifies common myths surrounding assault, with the aim of helping survivors better understand what has happened to them, and what their legal options are.

What is Considered Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that occurs without consent of the victims. Some forms of sexual assault include, but are not limited to:

  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Fondling or unwanted touching
  • Forcing a victim to perform oral sex
  • Penetration of any body part

What Constitutes Force?

Force doesn’t always refer to physical force – it is often emotional coercion or psychological manipulation. Any time someone who is in a position of authority or power uses that position to coerce or manipulate someone into performing sexual acts, that is considered force. Taking advantage of someone with intellectual disabilities or physical limitations is also considered force. Even acts of intimidation or threats are considered using force.

What is Considered Consent?

Consent is an active agreement given before engaging in sexual activity. It doesn’t have to be verbal but it does have to occur. In real life, consent is about communication and should be constantly given throughout the sexual act. Anyone can decide to withdraw consent or change their mind at any time if they are no longer comfortable. Anyone who is intoxicated or unconscious can NOT give consent.

Who Commits Sexual Assault?

Anyone can commit sexual assault, but 7 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the victim, such as an intimate partner, a spouse, or a friend. In a place like prison, 60% of the sexual assaults against inmates are perpetrated by staff members in positions of power. 50% of all sexual assault perpetrators are over the age of 30 and 57% are white.

Can Sexual Assault Occur if You’re Dating or Married?

Yes, sexual assault can occur even if you are dating or married. Just because you have a history of having consensual sex with a person that does not mean that rape or sexual assault cannot occur. Every single act of sex – even in intimate relationships – must be consensual.

Do Women Falsely Report Rape?

False reports of rape do occasionally occur, but they are rare. Nationwide surveys of police departments found that falsely reported rape crimes are just 2%. Rape is, however, one of the most underreported crimes with only 1 out of every 10 assaults actually being reported to the police.

Contact Our Denver Sexual Assault Victims Rights Attorneys Today

Two personal injury attorneys from the Gold Law FirmIf you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual assault, our attorneys are ready and willing to help you seek justice against your abuser. At the Gold Law Firm, our Denver sexual assault victims rights attorneys are passionate about representing survivors of sexual assault and helping them seek the justice they deserve. We have the experience and the resources needed to fight for you. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303)-694-4653.

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