Sexual Abuse Legal News & Updates

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Why Confronting Sexual Abuse Could Aid in the Healing Process
Not every survivor is willing to come forward immediately—or even ever—after being sexually abused. But, for those looking to move forward in the healing process, confronting sexual abuse could be...
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How to Prove Sexual Assault Based on the Civil Standard of Proof
Physical evidence is not always collected in the aftermath of immediate trauma suffered as a result of sexual assault. Oftentimes, the crime is not disclosed right away and memories may...
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What AB 1599 Could Mean for Sexual Battery in California
Assembly Bill 1599 (AB 1599), a peace officer transparency bill introduced in January 2020, could close a vital loophole that kept sexual assault allegations off the public record. The bill...
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How Parents Can Seek Help for Teenage Rape Victims
In California, there were 2,248 cases of child and teenage sexual assault reported in 2018. By law, rape is classified under sexual assault. Many children are unwilling or unable to...
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What to Do if I Was Forced to Have Sex?
If you were forced to have sex against your will, it is considered rape and against the law. California’s rape law is codified in Penal Code §261, which makes sex...
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Identifying and Reporting Sexual Misconduct Could Prevent Further Assault
A touch on the knee, an awkward hug, persistent leering, crude comments; it is likely that many have witnessed or personally experienced some form of sexual misconduct in the workplace....
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What to Do if My Family Doesn’t Believe I Was Molested?
With 93% of perpetrators being known by the child and their family, it’s likely that when childhood molestation is reported, it’s difficult to believe. This may leave many childhood victims...
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Can I File a Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against the Perpetrator?
Lawsuits against perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse can be pursued—even if the incident(s) happened years ago—thanks to legislation like Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). Many survivors may never consider filing...
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What SB 1300 Means for Claims of Workplace Sexual Harassment
Following the #MeToo movement, lawmakers have set their sights on eradicating the culture of sexual harassment in the workplace. California Senate Bill 1300 (SB 1300), was signed into law on...
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I Never Told Anyone I Was Molested…Until Now
Many survivors of sexual abuse grapple with the thought: “I’ve never told anyone I was molested, can I still do something about it?” If this is your thought process, you...
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Sexually Violated by Massage Therapist? Find Out Your Legal Options.
For many, massage therapy is a means to feel relaxed and relieve tension. Unfortunately, over the years, clients have reported being sexually violated by their massage therapist resulting in added...
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How to Protect Yourself From Sexual Violence
It’s not always possible to foresee sexual violence, especially when the person who committed the act was known and trusted. According to The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey,...
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