When we say “sexual assault” most of us often think of rape; however sexual assault can be more than that. Any kind of sexual contact which involves force, intimidation, or coercion also falls into this category. Sexual assault can happen to just about anyone – it does not consider age, race, social status, or even gender. In these dangerous times, there are ways that we can help prevent and protect ourselves from any form of sexual assault.
Starting with your home, avoid sleeping with your windows open (especially if you are alone in your house). Be aware of the possibility of being attacked even inside your own home, so therefore have a plan on how to fight any intruders and what to do when you are assaulted. Don’t just let anyone inside your home, and make sure the emergency police numbers are on speed dial. Lastly, install protective measures (such as closed-circuit television, approved bars on gates or windows, alarms, etc) in order to detect any intruders that may come into your home. If that seems like too much, having a pet for a lookout can be a great security measure. It also helps to have your home well lit.
When you are outside your home, it helps to double-up on your safety measures. Become more aware of your surroundings; know who is there with you or if someone is following for some time. Avoid walking, driving or parking on poorly-lighted places, and control your alcohol intake during parties or going out. Walk with confidence and be assertive (it makes you look stronger) and establish your personal space. Keep your things close to you, and most importantly trust your instincts. If you think you are in danger or are not comfortable with a certain place, situation, or person, then it is best to leave.
Sexual assault can be a very damaging and traumatic experience. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. says that even though taking legal action against the perpetrator can be a very intimidating step, it is important for your well-being that you do. There is nothing to be ashamed or feel guilty of as a victim of sexual assault. Those feelings should fall on the criminal. Sexual assault is a grave crime that should never go unpunished.
It can be hard for any parent to see their child or children being involved in an accident, particularly if their child or children are innocent. If the parents (or legal guardian) would like pursue a lawsuit against the ones at-fault for the injuries or damages that has been done, it may help to have legal representation. The website of the Cottrell Law Office has information about how the legal proceedings for personal injuries can differ between adults and children.
The first thing parents (or guardians) should understand that children under 18 years of age are considered minor in the eyes of the law. This means they can’t file a lawsuit by themselves, thus the court can appoint the guardian or parent to file the lawsuit in behalf of the child/children. To begin the lawsuit, the parent or guardian should submit a petition to the court. If conflict should arise (such as the parent has caused the accident, or has a part to play in the injuries attained by the child/children) the court can appoint another person to represent the welfare of the child/children.
In a lawsuit, the plaintiff is the victim of the accident (or the ones who have filed the lawsuit). In this case technically, the parents or guardian are the plaintiff, and the defendant is the one who is being sued. It is the plaintiff’s job to personally give or provide a copy of the summons and complaint to the defendant. There are times where the case can be settled outside of court, but if any or both parties do not agree on the settlement, then the lawsuit proceeds to court.
Additional documents are then filed in court. These documents are filed in court with a fee to be paid to the clerk. The summons is sent to the person/persons responsible for the accident, damages, and injuries suffered by the victim, and the other party is given a certain amount of time to answer the summons. A complaint is the document that gives the necessary facts of the accident, and supports the cause of action. The complaint gives the specific details of all the reasons for the lawsuit.
Just like in adult personal injury lawsuits, there are statutes of limitations; however, for a child or children, these statutes of limitations are delayed. The court will wait until the child reaches the legal age of 18 years old , and then the child/children has three years to either settle the claim or pursue the lawsuit.