What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual assault or abuse is an act of rape, the attempt of rape or sexually touching the body parts of a person with or without clothes without the consent of the person. Even though the legal definition of sexual assault varies in different states of the USA, yet the common part is that the sexual assault takes place one of the individuals involved in the sexual encounter doesn’t give consent for the act, is incapacitated, coerced, or is a minor.
Most of the state law recognizes that consent can be withdrawn at any time during the act. From 1993, all 50 states of the USA and District of Columbia have recognized marital rape as a crime too. While the data is overwhelming for victims that include women, and minor or adolescent boys and girls, men can be a victim too of this criminal act. If you or your loved ones have been wronged and assaulted without your consent, then our experienced Pittsburgh sexual abuse lawyer is here to help you.
Forcible rape is the act where the victim has been forced to perform a sexual act by physical means.
- Reports show around 20% of women are forcibly raped in their lifetime.
- More than 80% of these victims were 25 years or so of age at the time of the crime.
- While this is a striking fact about college campuses, yet 20% of cases only get reported.
Most of the time, the accused person of the forcible rape is a dating partner, ex-lover, ex or current intimate partner, or spouse and sometimes strangers.
Child Sexual Abuse
A case of child sexual abuse happens when a minor is forced, pressured, or manipulated by an adolescent or an adult individual for sexual gratification and act. There are various forms of child sexual abuse that include:
- Forcible rape
- Coercing or psychologically pressuring a child for taking part in the sexual act
- Exposing themselves to a child
- Showing pornographic images
- Viewing and photographing a child sexually or often known as child pornography
The incidents of sexual abuse can cause excessive trauma, depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorder for all their life. Unfortunately, most of the time child sexual abuse are perpetrated by parents, older siblings or cousins, relatives or acquaintances of the family. In some cases, these abuses happen in religious or social organizations where camp counselor, Boy Scout leader, or the priest are often convicted for such an act. Our Pittsburgh church abuse lawyer has represented 525 men who had been abused in the past when they were Boy Scouts.
Groping is the act of touching and/or fondling the body parts of a person without their consent through or under the clothing of the victim. For girls and women, breasts, genitals, buttocks and thighs are often groped by the oppressor. For men, the penis, buttocks, and testicles are the parts that are groped. During the act, the groper might press and/or rub their body parts against the victims’. Consulting a Pittsburgh church abuse lawyer will help you or your loved ones get the justice they deserve.