Sexual assault is a criminal offense, however, in many cases it may be suitable for civil courts as well. Sexual assault may be grounds for a civil lawsuit when personal injuries are sustained, the incident affects the victim’s ability to work, or the assault occurs within a professional environment, as well as in cases of domestic violence – even between married couples – and other circumstances. It is possible for individuals, employers, or other entities to be held liable for sexual misconduct, battery, or assault.
In our culture, sexuality and gender rules are strictly regulated by implicit social norms. It is important to recognize that anybody can be a victim of sexual assault, regardless of sex, sexuality, gender identity, social status, age, profession, marital status, or any other aspect of one’s identity. Joseph M. Kar P.C. acknowledges the validity of all instances of sexual assault. The severity of a sexually motivated crime is never dependent on the identity, appearance, or behavior of the victim. At the Law Office of Joseph M. Kar P.C., all sexual assault cases are approached with the serious regard appropriate for crimes of such gravity.
Sexual misconduct and assault often causes severe emotional and personal distress. Injuries and sexually transmitted diseases can result as a direct consequence of the incident. Sexual misconduct in the workplace creates a hostile work environment for the victim and potentially other employees, and some employers are punitive towards the victim of the attack rather than the perpetrator. All of these consequences can lead to damages that are grounds for a civil lawsuit. Compensation for suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and more can be attained. Civil cases regarding sexual assault tend to have more success than criminal cases covering similar incidents.
If you are a victim of sexual misconduct or assault, you may have legal options even if your case was not successful in a criminal court. Many survivors of sexual assault are intimidated by the unjust social stigma attached to claiming victimization. However, the pursuit of personal justice is the most powerful weapon any of us have against the pervasive culture of silence that perpetuates sexual crimes. By pressing charges, you can prevent future attacks on others like you. Fear of speaking up is understandable, but this firm is dedicated to supporting you through every step of the legal process. Joseph M. Kar P.C. will advocate for your right to personal safety. The personal harm and distress faced by victims of sexual assault should never be dismissed or underestimated, and you should not be subjected to ongoing consequences for a crime committed against you. For skilled legal representation, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Joseph M. Kar P.C. at 818-501-6930.