SEXUAL ABUSE OF ADULTS LAWYER
Recent changes in society have granted more visibility to a very serious crime which, sadly, too many perpetrators get away with. In Spain, sexual abuse is considered non-consensual sexual activity where no violence or intimidation is used to force the other person. That is why, more often than not, there is little to no hard evidence of the abuse, which is the reason many victims decide not to report the crime.
Fortunately, the Spanish courts accept other types of proof as evidence, including the victim’s testimony, which is why it is important to make sure that sexual abuse does not go unpunished. The first step is to report the facts that took place.
On the other hand, if you are accused of sexual abuse, you can find yourself in an extremely difficult situation because of the lack of evidence, as this may lead you to feel insecure and defenceless; this is especially true in reports where the facts have been exaggerated, taken out of context, or even fabricated.
WHAT TO DO IF…
Sexual abuse among adults can happen in a variety of settings: with a stranger, with an occasional partner, but also within a stable and committed relationship.
Every situation needs a different response, but they have one thing in common: if there is any trace of physical evidence, you must head to the doctor or hospital immediately and then file a report.
The help of a lawyer can also be indispensable, and it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible because adequately filing a report can greatly increase your chances of success during a criminal proceeding.
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF ADULTS
The other day I met a boy at a club, and we chatted for a while but I wasn’t really interested in him. He told me he would walk me home, and on the way he cornered me against a wall and starting touching me as I insisted that he stop.
Last night my girlfriend and I had consensual sexual relations. This morning she was very angry because she said she didn’t really want to and I had forced her to. I’m completely sure that it was consensual, but now I’m afraid she’ll report me.
My wife and I are getting divorced and she has also accused me of sexually abusing her during our relationship. I never did, but now I feel very defenceless because I know everyone will believe her and not me, and I don’t have any proof.