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FAQs About Sexual Abuse and Assault

Answers you can trust from an experienced, Salt Lake City sexual abuse lawyer

Do you have a question about your sexual abuse and assault case in Utah? Not sure where to turn to find accurate information? Get honest answers from a Salt Lake City sexual abuse attorney you can trust. Read the frequently asked questions below about sexual abuse and assault compiled by the Andrus Law Firm in Salt Lake City.

For more than three decades, attorney Randy M. Andrus of Salt Lake City has been the go-to lawyer for complicated sexual assault and abuse cases. So if you have questions or simply want to talk about your potential case, simply contact us and schedule your free consultation today. Everything you discuss with us will remain private and confidential. You have our word.

What is your question about sexual abuse and assault?

What’s the difference between sexual abuse and sexual assault?

Many people use phrases like “sexual abuse” and “sexual assault” interchangeably. From a legal standpoint, there are distinct differences between the two phrases. In general, the term “sexual assault” applies to any sexual contact without the consent of the recipient. “Sexual abuse” is a term normally only used to describe sexual contact or sexual behavior with a child. Some people also use the phrase “sexual abuse” to describe other crimes of a sexual nature.

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What counts as sexual abuse in Utah?

In general, sexual abuse cases in Utah involve sexual contact or sexual activity by an adult with a child, which Utah defines as anyone under the age of 18 years old. Sexual abuse can involve unwanted sexual touching, forcing a child to touch an adult in a sexual way or making a child watch sexual activity, including pornographic material.

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What counts as sexual assault in Utah?

Sexual assault includes all unwanted sexual contact or attention. This can include rape, as well as other forms of sexual violence, including unwanted touching and physically harming a person during a non-consensual sexual act.

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What should I do if I have been sexually abused or assaulted?

Contact the police if you feel comfortable doing so. We realize such situations can be very traumatic for many people in many circumstances. That’s why we also encourage you to contact our law firm if you’re not sure what to do. You can talk to us in private about all the legal options available to you. We promise to keep everything you tell us during your free consultation confidential. You have our word.

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Should I contact the police if I have been sexually abused or assaulted?

Yes. This is always the best approach to such cases. We realize it can be hard for many people to call the police but they are there to help you. They can work with you to make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. We also encourage you to contact our law firm, as well. We’ll be there for you every step of the way, explaining your rights and making sure your voice is heard loud and clear.

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Is there a deadline to take legal action in a sexual abuse or assault case in Utah?

It depends. Utah’s state legislature eliminated some deadlines (known as the statute of limitations) for reporting most serious sex crimes and abuse. it’s important to explore all the legal options available to you what legal avenues and deadlines apply for civil sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual battery.

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Can I file a lawsuit against someone for sexual abuse or assault?

Yes. In many cases, you can – and should – file a lawsuit if you have been sexually abused or assaulted. However, it’s important to explore all the legal options available to you before you decide to file a sexual abuse lawsuit. Attorney Randy M. Andrus can help you decide whether you should file a lawsuit or pursue another legal avenue.

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Who investigates sexual abuse and assault cases in Utah?

Often, the police department that has jurisdiction over the place where your sexual assault or sexual abuse occurred will investigate your incident. However, other government agencies may become involved in investigating your case, depending on the circumstances. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. We can offer you advice and help guide you through the legal process every step of the way.

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How can a Utah sexual abuse lawyer help me with my case?

Sexual abuse cases can be complicated for many different reasons. Sometimes, the person who abused you may deny doing anything wrong. And if they work for a large, powerful institution like a church or school, they may have their support and a strong, legal defense to defend their actions. We can help you level the playing field. Salt Lake City sexual abuse attorney Randy M. Andrus knows the law and thoroughly understands how the legal system works in Utah. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success. We also understand the sensitive nature of these cases. That’s why anything you discuss with us during your free consultation will remain private and confidential. You have our word on it.

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