Many sexual assaults are easy to identify and a civil lawsuit provides an opportunity for justice in those cases. Often, another person or entity that allowed the assault may also be held responsible. For instance, an apartment complex should provide adequate security to its residents in order to prevent criminal assault.
Sexual abuse of adults happens in a variety of settings. Any sexual contact between adults may be abusive unless all involved consent to the activity. But what is consent?
Where there is unequal power or control, acquiescence may not be consent. For instance, individuals in positions of trust – such as mental health therapists, physicians, lawyers, clergy, police officers and others – should never make sexual contact with a person in their professional relationship.
If you feel uncomfortable about something that has happened, talk to a civil lawyer. Together we can explore whether the law provides a remedy for you.