Sexual Assault & Molestation
California has strict laws against sexual abuse in any form, including sexual assault and sexual molestation.
Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the consent of a recipient, including forced sexual penetration, child molestation, and attempted rape. Sexual assault can occur in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, and public spaces. Sexual assault can involve physical force, coercion, or manipulation, and it can be committed by anyone regardless of their gender, age, or relationship to the victim.
Sexual molestation involves the inappropriate touching of or sexual contact with a child, vulnerable adult, or person who is unable to give consent. Those who are unable to actively consent to sexual contact include those who are mentally defective, mentally incapacitated (including if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol), physically helpless, and under 18 years of age.
California child molestation laws make it a crime to engage in (or to attempt to engage in) sexual acts with a child under 18 years of age. Even if the minor says “yes” to the sexual act, the other party can still face charges. Specifically, it is unlawful for a person to commit a lewd or lascivious act on a minor. Lewd acts include touching a child for sexual purposes, or causing a child to touch him/herself or someone else for a sexual purpose. It is also unlawful to send explicit or obscene matter to a minor with the intent of sexually arousing the sender and/or the minor or seducing the minor. It is unlawful for a person to arrange a meeting with a minor with the intent to engage in certain sexual conduct.
It is important to remember that victims of sexual assault or molestation are not at fault for the abuse they suffered. By taking legal action, you can hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions and take steps towards healing and recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered sexual assault or molestation, contact us to discuss your options.
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