Representing Victims of Sexual Assault
Nobody should ever have to deal with sexual assault. However, the unfortunate reality is that it can happen to anyone and at any time. But, just because sexual assault is a common occurrence shouldn’t detract from the horrid nature of your attack, or from the defense you receive. It is critical that sexual assault perpetrators be held accountable, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the safety and well-being of our community as a whole. That’s where the professional sex crime lawyers from Cutter Law P.C. come into play.
If you’re a sexual assault victim of any kind, then our sex crime lawyers are ready and willing to represent you in a court of law.
We fully understand how traumatic sexual assault can be, and we actively do what we can to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. Our sex crime law firm has successfully represented several sexual assault cases throughout the years. We also come highly recommended by our droves of satisfied clients. So, if you’ve been the victim of sexual assault, or sexual assault in the workplace, then contact our sex crime lawyers for a no-obligation consultation today.
The Boy Scouts, Catholic Church, And Their Horrific History With Childhood Sexual Assault
As we thoroughly discussed in our childhood sexual assault article, the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church have a significant problem with childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by their adult leaders.
Fortunately, our sex crime lawyers are here to help. If you’ve survived a childhood sexual assault at Church or Scouts, then contact us for a no-obligation consultation today. We understand that these events are traumatic, and that coming forward takes a substantial amount of bravery. But, we urge you to come forward. Otherwise, those who hurt you will still be out there, possibly ready to hurt someone else. You can help put a stop to that horrific cycle of abuse. All it takes is talking to a sex crime lawyer.
Sexual Abuse By A Coach, Teacher, Or Other Authority Figure
Childhood sexual assault (and sex abuse in general) isn’t limited to Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church alone. Teachers, sports coaches, club sports coaches (like tennis and golf instructors), and other authority figures are all occasionally caught up in sexual abuse scenarios.
If you’ve suffered sexual assault at the hands of a sports coach, teacher, or another authority figure, then we can help. Contact our sex crime lawyers for a no-obligation consultation today.
Ridesharing Sexual Assault – Sex Abuse From Uber And Lyft Drivers
As unfortunate as it is, Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing apps have a history with sexual assault and abuse. Several drivers across several rideshare apps, including the two listed above, have been accused of sexual assault and abuse of their passengers.
For Uber, there have been more than 3,000 reports of sexual assaults in 2018 alone. Most of the cases center around them failing to conduct proper background checks and inquiries into their driver’s legal histories.
The Lyft cases concern Lyft’s failure to properly screen drivers, put safety measures in the app and vehicles giving rides, as well as Lyft’s failure to act on reported assaults. As a result many women have experienced sexual assaults while riding in Lyft vehicles. Cases on behalf of women throughout the United States who were assaulted in Lyft vehicles have been coordinated in California state court and Brooks Cutter and Celine Cutter are on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the litigation. The Court recently denied a motion by Lyft to force women to try their cases in each state. The Court has also set an initial trial for early 2022.
If you’ve suffered at the hands of a rideshare driver, then we can help. Our professional attorneys have extensive experience with Uber and Lyft sex assault cases. Contact a sex crime attorney from our firm to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.
What Constitutes A Sex Crime Under Sex Offense Law?
According to justice.gov, sexual assault is “any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent” (justice.gov). Generally, we break sexual assault crimes into three main categories:
- Penetration Crimes: Any nonconsenting penetration of a body part by another body part, or object.
- Contact Crimes: Any contact with genitalia, buttocks, breasts, or other “private parts.”
- Exposure Crimes: Any exposure of genitalia, breasts, buttocks, or other “private parts.”
However, those are nothing more than the overarching categories of sexual assault crimes. They, by no stretch of the imagination, encompass all forms of sexual assault under sex offense law.
Further Breaking Down The Different Types Of Sexual Assault Under Sex Offense Law
Besides the three categories of sex offense law listed above, you can break down sexual assault crimes into several sub-categories, or types, as we’ll explore in detail below.
Rape, as defined by California law, is any nonconsensual sex act performed with a person “not the spouse of the perpetrator” (California Penal Code), under any of these circumstances:
- Any time the victim is incapable of giving consent so far as it is “known or reasonably should have been known by the accused” (California Penal Code)
- Where the sex act was “accomplished against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear” (California Penal Code)
- Any situation where the victim couldn’t resist due to intoxication or anesthetization (drugged)
- The victim was sleeping or unconscious
- Any situation where the victim was unaware of the sex act performed on them
- Where the victim submits to the sex act believing that the accused is someone known
- Any situation where the victim believed that the accused would retaliate against them for refusal of a sex act
Other forms of rape include:
- Date rape
- Spousal rape
- Statutory rape
- Oral copulation by force
- Forcible penetration with a foreign object
To learn more about what California considers rape, read more about it here.
Sexual Harassment And Sexual Assault In The Workplace
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (EEOC website). Sexual harassment includes:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Sexist comments and actions
- Repeated compliments of an employee’s appearance
While it’s true that sexual assault in the workplace is, by far, the place it occurs most, it isn’t the only place it can happen. Harassment can occur at home, school, the doctor’s office, hospital, and even the public library. So, don’t let the location of the offense impact your willingness to seek restitution. If you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment of any kind, then don’t hesitate to contact our sexual assault attorneys for a no-obligation consultation.
Childhood Sexual Abuse
The most abhorrent of sexual assault cases involve childhood sexual abuse. According to The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), childhood sexual abuse is “contacts or interactions between a child and an adult when the child is being used for sexual stimulation of the perpetrator of another person is in a position of power or control over the victim” (NCCAN).
How To Recognize When Your Child Has Suffered Sexual Abuse Or Assault
Due to the extreme stress, shame, and fear often associated with childhood sexual abuse, children are often reluctant to tell an adult what happened. So, it can sometimes be incredibly difficult to tell that your child has suffered. Some signs that your child has been sexually abused include:
- Changes in behavior
- Lower self esteem
- Promiscuous or overly sexual behavior for their age
If you’ve noticed any of the signs of abuse mentioned above, then please talk to your child, and make sure to keep a watchful eye over them at all times.
The Lesser-Known Forms Of Sexual Assault
In addition to the three primary types of sexual assault listed above, there are other forms of sexual assault, including:
- Unsolicited exposure to pornography
- Publicly displaying images taken in private
To learn more about sex offense law in California, you can read more about it in California Penal Code PEN § 243.4.
What Should You Do If You’re A Sexual Assault Victim?
First of all, if you’re still in danger or seriously injured, then call 911 immediately.
If you’ve recently survived a sexual assault of any kind, then try to stay calm. You’ve just been through a traumatic experience. Once you’re calm, the following tips from RAINN.org may help:
- Stay Safe: If you’re not feeling safe, then consider contacting someone you trust for support. Just talking to someone you know can go a long way towards helping you feel better. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone.
- It Wasn’t Your Fault: Remember, you didn’t do anything to deserve this. Something happened to you, it was horrific, but it was never your fault.
- Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 800.565.HOPE (4673) to connect with the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Once connected, you’ll speak with a sexual assault service provider in your area. From there, they will direct you to the appropriate health care facility.
Once you’ve received the health care you need, it’s time for you to start reporting your sexual assault. Get in touch with one of our sexual assault attorneys for help. We’ve got the experience, education, and track record to represent you and your best interests in a court of law. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation with a sexual assault attorney today.
Reporting Sexual Assault
When it comes to reporting sexual assault, you should take the following steps and actions:
- Call 911
- Contact your local police department (call their non-emergency number, most often listed on their website)
- Visit a medical center for treatment
- Contact a sexual abuse lawyer from our sex crime law firm
Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Reporting Sexual Assault?
Due to the traumatic nature of sexual assault crimes, many victims fail to come forward with their case in time. In other words, there is a statute of limitations for sexual assault claims in California. However, as we described in our Childhood Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations article, AB218 increased the statute of limitations for sexual assault claims. Thanks to AB218, a sexual assault victim up to age 40 can now seek legal action against their attackers. Previously, the maximum age allowed was 26.
The #MeToo Movement
The #MeToo movement is a social movement that focuses on fighting against sexual assault and harassment. The movement supports survivors of sexual assault or harassment by increasing their visibility. #MeToo puts a visible face to sexual assault victims and helps show the sheer and disturbing number of survivors. Primarily, the movement seeks to raise awareness for the cause.
It’s Not Just For Women
While the overwhelming majority of people who participated in the #MeToo movement were likely women, the hashtag doesn’t apply to them alone. That’s right, #MeToo isn’t gender-specific! Anyone, of any gender, who’s survived a sexual assault of any kind can participate in the movement. If you’re a sexual assault victim and you’d like to learn more or get involved in the fight against sexual assault, then head over to the MeToomvmt.org website. Remember, sexual assault affects everyone. Don’t forget the male and otherwise-gendered survivors of sexual assault. They matter just as much.
The Effects Of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse doesn’t only cause physical damage. Often, sexual assault victims suffer mental and emotional damage as well. Sometimes, abuse can affect the ability of the survivor to maintain healthy relationships. It can make social situations more stressful and even cause and exacerbate significant mental health conditions. Some mental health conditions often caused by sexual assault include:
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Substance abuse, including alcohol, drugs, and cannabis
- Eating disorders
Why Trust The Sex Crime Lawyers From Cutter Law P.C.?
Each sex crime lawyer at our firm has the education, experience, and knowledge needed to handle your case. Our sex crime law firm has successfully represented clients for years, and we always come highly recommended by those very same clients. We’ve also received the 2019 Super Lawyers award, an Avvo Rating of 10.0, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau! So, if you need a sexual abuse lawyer, then you’ve come to the right firm!
Need A Sex Crime Lawyer? Then Contact Cutter Law P.C. Today, Your Go-To Sex Crime Law Firm
If you’ve been the victim of sexual assault, then our sex crime lawyers can help. Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone. We’re here to help you through this traumatic time in your life. Contact the sexual assault lawyers at Cutter Law P.C. for a no-obligation consultation today.