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Sexual Abuse

Orange County Sexual Abuse Attorney

The Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes represents adults and children who have been sexually abused in Orange County and throughout California. Sexual Abuse and Violence can occur in many different forms but however it occurs, it's never the victim's fault.

Sexual Assault and Battery Claims in California

California Civil Code section 1708.5 defines a civil sexual battery for purposes of a civil lawsuit. A person commits a sexual battery when he or she acts with the intent to cause a harmful or offensive contact with an intimate part of another, and a sexually offensive contact with that person directly or indirectly results. The law further defines for the purposes of this section intimate part means the sexual organ, anus, groin, or buttocks of any person, or the breast of a female and for purposes of this section offensive contact means contact that offends a reasonable sense of personal dignity.

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes sexual activity with a minor. Perpetrators who engage with a child in a sexual way, can be sued in civil court for their conduct as well as criminally prosecuted. Our firm has represented victims of child sexual assault in civil lawsuits in Orange County and throughout California. Some forms of child sexual abuse include:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Intercourse
  • Obscene phone calls, text messages, Snapchat or other online interaction
  • Sexual contact of any kind with a minor

Child sexual abuse can occur by persons who are seen as being in a position of authority of the minor including:

  • Sexual Abuse by Teachers
  • Sexual Abuse by Priests or Members at Church
  • Workplace Sexual Assault

Adults both men and women can be victims of sexual assault while at work. Each of us is entitled to work in an environment that is free from unwanted sexual contact. Victims of workplace sexual assault can be injured during the work time or before/ after work when the perpetrator sees that they can take advantage of a situation. Often times, the employer or supervisor is aware of the perpetrator's activities and fails to respond adequately enough to stop or terminate the perpetrator.

Sexual Abuse by Doctors or Medical Professionals

Doctors and Medical Professionals in Orange County and throughout California are special positions of trust involving the care of others. Medical Professionals should not engage in unwanted sexual assault and battery of their patients while in their case. This conduct could lead to a lawsuit if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a civil case.

Contact the Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes at (714) 987-2671 if you or a loved one was a victim of sexual assault or abuse in California. All consultations for sexual assault in California are free, confidential and available 24/7.

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