Houston Sexual Violence
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The effects of domestic violence can be painful and long-lasting, and sexual violence is often the most difficult form of domestic violence to overcome. Sadly, sexual violence is a widespread crime in Texas, with more than 300,000 children and adults suffering from rape and other violent sexual crimes each year. While many sexual aggressors are punished for their actions, a large number of rape victims have admitted they did not tell anyone about their sexual assault. The most important step in ensuring that a sexual aggressor is held accountable and is prevented from causing any further damage is to ensure that you report any sexual assault immediately.
Rights of Sexual Violence Victims
Victims of sexual assault are often unaware that they have very specific rights under Texas law. Because of the sensitivity associated with sexual crimes, sexual violence victims are entitled to the following rights:
- You can require that your attacker be tested for HIV/AIDS
- You can opt not to file a police report
- You can be compensated for any medical expenses or other damages incurred as a result of your attack
- You may use a pseudonym to protect your true identity
- You can have your address and phone number withheld from your attacker
- You can be notified of all legal proceedings concerning your attack, including any of your aggressor’s parole proceedings
Prior to your aggressor’s trial, you will be protected from any further violence pursuant to strict regulations under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). To further protect your identity, you can use a pseudonym in all court proceedings and, if your identity is already known by your attacker, you can pursue a restraining order against him or her.
What to do if You Have Suffered From Sexual Violence
If you have suffered from a history of sexual violence, it is important that you immediately seek help. Your safety is first and foremost and you should ensure that you are in a safe location, free from your sexual attacker. Even though it’s painful, you must tell someone about what happened to you. Many victims of sexual assault keep their attack a secret, and this can be both dangerous and emotionally draining. You should contact the police to report the incident and then contact a Houston family attorney who can advise you as to how to continue protecting yourself and your family.
Providing Assistance to Victims of Sexual Violence
The Houston family lawyers at John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C., are experienced advocates for both adults and children who have suffered from sexual violence. We will do whatever we can to make your recovery process smoother and less painful. Contact a Houston family attorney at our firm today to discuss the violence that you been facing.