Sexual Assault Attorney Serving Tampa Bay

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The most common types of adult sexual assault include:

  • Domestic violence or marital rape
  • Groping
  • Sexual harassment (discrimination)
  • Sexual abuse including rape or attempted rape

Domestic violence includes assault or battery, aggravated assault or battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death committed by a family or household member against another family or household member.

“Family or household member” refers to any of the following persons:

  • current or former spouses
  • persons related by blood or marriage
  • persons currently or formerly residing together as if a family
  • parents who have a child together, regardless of whether they were at any time married

Any forcible sexual engagements, even between spouses, can be considered rape. Spousal rape is regarded as a form of sexual battery and is a felony crime.

A perpetrator can compel a victim into an unwanted sex act in multiple ways. The wrongdoer can ignore verbal resistance, such as saying “no,” “stop,” or “I don’t want to.” Or the perpetrator can overpower a victim with physical resistance by holding him or her down so he or she cannot move. The culprit can also penetrate a victim who is incapable of giving consent because he or she is asleep, drunk, unconscious, or mentally or physically disabled. The wrongdoer could also threaten or use physical force or a weapon against a person.

Lancaster Law Firm is Here for Your Sexual Assault Case

“Assault” is a broad term to describe adult-related sexual crimes. There are many different degrees and types of sexual assault. Some are sexual, such as unwanted touching and kissing to rubbing, groping, or forcing the victim to touch the perpetrator in sexual ways. Sexual violence, or rape, is the most severe form of sexual assault.

Child Sexual Abuse & Bullying Cases
Organizations and individuals entrusted with our nation’s youth have a responsibility to keep them free from harm. Compromising a child’s safety and exposing him/her to sexual abuse may leave a child with scars that follow them throughout their entire life. Because children are incredibly vulnerable, child sexual abuse is considered one of the most tragic cases. If you were a victim of childhood sexual abuse or your child experienced such a horrific event, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, your personal injury attorney Chris Lancaster can help. Chris is experienced in handling sexual assault cases in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota. He will work tirelessly to bring your abuser, and any others responsible for allowing the abuse to take place.

Sexual Assault and Your Rights

Hiring an experienced sexual assault attorney can help you with:

  • Lost wages due to inability to work
  • Medical care and expenses (psychological treatment)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical disability or disfigurement
  • Punitive damages