Sexual assault is an incredibly traumatic experience and can completely alter your life physically, mentally and emotionally. Victims need a lot of help and support, but unfortunately many of them never get the support they need. There are many resources available to assist victims, and there are legal options that can victims on the path to recovery.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual abuse, or sexual assault is any sexual activity perpetrated by threat, force, intimidation, or manipulation— including, non-contact abuse such as exposure and voyeurism.
Sexual assault also comes down to consent. No one can touch you in a sexual manner without getting the consent from you. Children, in the state of Texas, cannot give consent. Texas laws define a child as any person younger than the age of 17.
In the majority of cases, sexual assault survivors know or are acquainted with their abusers. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), “approximately seven out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.”
When it comes to sexual abuse involving children, or molestation, statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, show that:
- 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse
- During a one-year period, 16 percent of youth ages 14 to 17 will be sexually victimized
- Over the course of their lifetime, 28 percent of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 have been sexually abused
- Children are most vulnerable between the ages of 7 and 13
Sexual Violence Statistics in adults:
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
- 8 percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work
- The estimated lifetime cost of rape is $122,461 per victim
A sexual assault can happen at any time. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are many resources that you can turn to for support when needed.
For immediate emergency:
Call 911 to contact your local police department to report assault or suspicious activity.
To report suspected crimes or get help from a nongovernmental organization:
Call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673). RAINN has trained professionals that can provide help or just counsel victims through this difficult time. All contact with RAINN is anonymous and confidential.
Report tips online to the Victims Have A Right To Know (VINE) website.
Call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). All communications are completely anonymous and confidential. Additionally, victims can chat with a trained professional online.
To report any sexual assault crimes or suspicious activity to law enforcement:
Call your local enforcement agency. If you are on a college campus, you can also contact campus-based law enforcement.
To report sexual assault or exploitation of minors:
Call 911 for immediate emergency assistance.
Call Childhelp at the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) to speak with a counselor. Counselors can connect callers with local law enforcement authorities.
Call the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). You can also submit tips online.
We’re Here For You
Sexual assault and abuse can take its toll on victims both mentally and physically, but you don’t have to go through it alone. While no amount of money can help undo the pain and suffering caused by the assault, seeking compensation can help pay for mental health care that can help you recover and relieve other financial stressors. The professionals at Blizzard Law, PLLC are ready to guide you through the legal steps you can take to begin the process of rebuilding your life after a sexual assault. We can help you determine where you can hold the perpetrator, landowner, employer or another party accountable for the harm you suffered. Our compassionate, legal team is ready to provide you with the assistance you need. We have a team of attorneys with the knowledge, skill and passion for justice that you deserve in your fight for justice. Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you with a civil sexual assault lawsuit.