Despite empowering movements and social awareness campaigns, sexual assault remains one of the most prevalent and contemptible crimes perpetrated in the United States. Data collected by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, confirms that at least one American citizen – male or female or nonbinary, minor or adult – is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. Regardless of political and social discourse, sexual assault legally constitutes any act of nonconsensual sexual contact that is executed by means of manipulation, intimidation, or force.
Taking legal action can be a critical step in a survivor’s healing process. At Monge & Associates, our Atlanta sexual assault lawyers are committed to upholding justice and representing the rights of survivors. We can investigate the incident, collect and utilize incriminating evidence, and construct a compelling case strategy that aims to maximize your claim. We also provide our services on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t need to pay anything until we recover monetary damages on your behalf.
Contact the Atlanta sexual assault attorneys at Monge & Associates by calling (800) 860-8021. We provide honest and confidential case evaluations, free of charge.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault
Sexual assault can be perpetrated by anyone: friends, family members, authority figures, coworkers, and even strangers. Understandably, survivors often fear the psychological and social repercussions of seeking legal justice and protection, especially if the perpetrator is someone they know. That said, holding an assailant accountable today can protect you from future incidents and altercations involving that person. It can also save future victims from being similarly targeted and assaulted.
Sexual assault can take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Unwanted sexual touching
- Rape and attempted rape
- Sexual battery
- Forcing or manipulating someone to perform sexual acts
- Using an object to rape or sexually stimulate a nonconsenting victim
- Statutory rape
It’s important to realize that an assailant doesn’t need to rely on physical force to assault another person. Perpetrators can use emotional coercion, manipulation, and even intimidation tactics to force an unwilling party into compliance. For example, a perpetrator can threaten to hurt the victim or spread rumors that could damage their social standing and relationships.
Tragically, survivors of sexual assault often blame themselves particularly in cases involving popular acquaintances, beloved family members, and prominent authority figures.
You are not to blame. Perpetrators of sexual violence are experts at manipulating the narrative of an attack and benefit from a culture that resists taking a victim’s claims seriously. While the burden of justice should never be foisted onto a survivor, it’s often a person’s only means of reclaiming peace and closure. By filing a claim, you can hold the assailant legally accountable for their actions and recover damages that facilitate your personal recovery process.
“How Can a Lawyer Help Me?”
A sexual assault attorney can be a critical ally and a deciding element in your civil case. An experienced lawyer knows how to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental, and compassionate space in which to listen to your story and evaluate your legal options.
As previously stated, our results-driven legal team can also research the at-fault party and collect evidence which can, if necessary, be used in court. Most sexual assault cases are settled through negotiations, but we are prepared to litigate on your behalf in court if it secures the compensation you need to start the next chapter of your life.
You may be able to recover the following damages and more by filing a claim:
- Ongoing medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Psychiatric therapy fees
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Pursue Justice with Monge & Associates
When it comes to cases involving sexual violence, the award-winning legal team at Monge & Associates is always ready for battle. If you’re prepared to take legal action, rely on a team armed with the litigation experience, resources, and resolve to aggressively advocate on your behalf both in and out of court.
You don’t need to struggle through this challenging experience alone. If you or a loved one requires legal representation after suffering an unwanted sexual act, contact the Atlanta sexual assault lawyers at Monge & Associates today. Start your free case evaluation by filling out a confidential online form or calling (800) 860-8021.