SAN DIEGO SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWYERS
Under California law, sexual assault covers a variety of sexually-related offenses, including rape. California defines rape as sexual intercourse without consent, involving the use of force, threat of force, violence, bodily injury, duress, or threat of retaliation if you do not submit. In addition to rape, other types of felony sexual assault include forced oral and anal intercourse, penetration of the anus or vagina with a foreign object, holding down and forcibly undressing a victim. Sexual assault also includes forcible touch an intimate part of the body of another person—breast, buttocks, or genital—of a female or male.
Sexual assault is a crime; it can be a misdemeanor or a felony. It can occur in the workplace as a serious form of employment-related sexual harassment.
These are some examples of misdemeanor sexual assault that are relatively common in employment situations:
- A supervisor or co-worker fondling a female employee’s breast without permission
- A supervisor or co-worker putting their hands on a female or male employee’s buttocks or crotch without the employee’s consent
It is irrelevant if the touching was done through clothing.
Criminal sexual assault is punishable by jail time and fines.
A CIVIL CASE TO RECOVER YOUR DAMAGES FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
In addition to the crime of sexual assault, if you’ve been forced into sexual contact on the job, you may have a civil case for sexual harassment as well. Pressing charges on a criminal matter is important, but recovering monetary compensation for your damages will require a civil legal action.
SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY
One job where a dramatically rising incidence of sexual assault is getting significant attention is serving in the U.S. military.
From July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, 3,553 cases of sexual assault were reported in the military, up 43 percent from the previous 12-month period. Compare that to the war-related casualties, which totaled only 219 in the same period: odds of being raped by another service member were 15 times greater than the chance of being killed by the enemy, and that’s before you consider that only a tiny percentage of sexual assaults in the military are reported. It is estimated that the real number is between 19,000 and 26,000 cases per year (the latter estimate from the Pentagon). Victims are both men and women.
New legislation has been proposed to protect military victims of sexual assault, but as of this writing, victims have little recourse outside the chain of command. This is bound to change in the near future. To learn more, contact the law firm of Zeldes, Haeqquist, & Eck, LLP.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault of any kind leaves you feeling violated, humiliated, and used. Depending on the severity, it can also leave you physically damaged as well as emotionally. Sexual assault on the job can prevent you from ever wanting to return to the scene of the assault, where you would have to relive it over and over again. This may affect present and future employment prospects. Your life may be forever changed, your ability to trust shattered.
The sexual assault attorneys at the law offices of Zeldes, Haeqquist & Eck, LLP, in San Diego understand the long and short term effects of a rape or other sexual assault on a woman or man, and we are committed to ending it and making perpetrators pay. It is not enough that someone who violates another person in this way goes to prison and pays a fine. You, the victim, need to be made whole again. Our dedicated lawyers will fight for your right to a recovery of money and whatever else is needed to help you get back on your feet and rebuild a life after being raped or otherwise sexually assaulted.
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We offer a free consultation in which we will advise you of your rights and, if you are ready to move forward, will file your complaint and bring a lawsuit against the person who assaulted you and the company that allowed it to happen.