Sexual assault, rape, and other unwanted sexual acts can happen to anyone, of any background, age, or gender. These acts can have devastating impacts for victims, where many have to deal with emotional pain for most of their lives. Even with assistance from a therapist and trusted friends and family, the victim will have a long road to recovery. 

Victims of rape and sexual assault have a right to pursue justice in the form of compensation and criminal charges against the offender. A lawyer can be a useful person to turn to, who can provide legal support, understanding, resources, and compassion. Rape is one of the most traumatizing experiences anyone may survive. Rape crimes include nonconsensual sex between adults, unwelcome sexual acts, and child sex offenses. Rape victims may suffer from: 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Fear
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • STDs
  • Disassociation

It is important for victims to get both medical attention and psychological help. A lawyer can represent the victim in court and work for justice to be served. If you haven’t already, your lawyer may suggest contacting law enforcement to file a report of the incident. If there are potential accomplices who enabled the situation to happen, they may be held liable as well.

As a Rape Victims Lawyer from The Lynch Law Group knows, it’s difficult for many to come forward after a sexual assault. Some victims may not be sure if they have grounds for a lawsuit, or others may have fears of repeated abuse from the same individual or not being believed. Anyone who has become the victim of rape or other unwanted sexual act must contact the proper authorities right away and remember that there are people who can help get you through this, such as dedicated lawyers, loved ones, and mental health therapists.