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Sexual Assault Victims

Houston Sexual Assault Lawyer

Providing Compassionate Representation for Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual assault is one of the most egregious crimes chargeable under Texas law. Too often, survivors of sexual assault are left unheard and unrepresented. Tragically, criminal charges go unfiled or are dismissed, and sexual assault perpetrators go free. At Maverick Ray & Associates, we know that victims deserve a voice. Sexual assault must be stopped, and perpetrators must be held responsible.

As a victim of sexual assault or rape, you might be entitled to compensation through a civil lawsuit. You deserve an attorney that will fight for you that will get you the justice you deserve. 

Contact our office today at (281) 843-5372 to speak directly to an experienced sexual assault lawyer. Get the compassionate, dedicated representation you need.

Texas Sexual Assault Statistics

According to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV), one in five women in the State of Texas has been sexually assaulted. Most sexual assault crimes go unreported, with only 18% of victims reporting the assault to a law enforcement agent. 

Other statistics published by the NCDSV include:

  • Only 1 in 10 victims seek medical treatment, despite nearly one-quarter of all sexual assaults involving violence.
  • Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were 3.5x more likely to be the victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
  • Females are often assaulted by a man they know, usually a relative other than a spouse, ex-spouse, or partner.
  • For rape victims under the age of 12, the assault was perpetrated by someone that they knew 90% of the time.

Types of Houston Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a general term used to describe several different offenses, including:

  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Unwanted or forcible touching
  • Incest
  • Forcible penetration with an object
  • Sexual abuse or molestation
  • Any unwanted sexual contact

Any sexual contact that is done without consent is considered sexual assault. Consent must be given freely and willingly. If you are unable to give consent because of your age or because you were incapacitated, there was no consent.

Sexual Assault Survivor’s Rights in Texas

You have the right to file a civil lawsuit against your attacker. In civil lawsuits, the burden of proof is less than the requirements in criminal court. Thus, even if the criminal case was not filed, dismissed, or the perpetrator was found not guilty, it does not disqualify you from receiving compensation.

Determining Who is At-Fault in a Sexual Assault Case

In addition to the perpetrator, there may be additional parties that should be held legally responsible in a sexual assault case. For instance, if the assault occurred on a campus and the school knew or reasonably should have known about the danger, they may be held liable. In addition, if the assault happened at your workplace and your employer failed to make the workplace a safe environment, he or she may be held legally responsible.

Hire an Experienced Houston Sexual Assault Attorney

If you have been a victim of a sex crime, you should contact an experienced Houston sexual assault lawyer as quickly as possible. At Maverick Ray & Associates, we know that this may be a difficult time. Surviving an assault is traumatic and can have a lifelong impact. Let us help you get the money you deserve for medical costs, counseling, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

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Contact our offices today at (281) 843-5372. We will do everything in our power to get you the justice and the recovery you deserve. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide you the resources and representation you need.