Many people think of violent crimes as things like murder or beating someone up. What they might not realize is that some violent crimes are much more subtle in nature. Sexual assault can be one of these under the right circumstances. Because most adults interact with other people on a daily basis, they should all have an idea of constitutes sexual assault.
One of the most important things to remember is that sexual assault doesn’t have to include any type of penetration. Instead, any type of unwanted sexual contact is considered sexual harassment. This can occur because of threats of force or actual physical force. This is why it is so important to get consent if you are going to have any type of sexual contact with a person.
It is even possible for sexual assault to occur when there isn’t any physical contact between the two people. For example, it is possible to face sexual assault charges if a person flashes their genitalia to another person if that person doesn’t consent to seeing it.
Sometimes, it is possible to face a charge for sexual assault even if the person does consent to it. This occurs if the person is legally unable to provide consent. This could be due to the person being underage or being mentally or physically disabled in a way that would prevent them from being able to legally consent.
Sexual assault charges are serious matters that must be handled accordingly. You should begin working on your defense strategy right away because you will have to find ways to address the prosecution’s claims without seeming like you are attacking the alleged victim.