One out of four women and one out of six men will experience some form of sexual assault during their lifetime. Many of these assaults involve college students and young adults. Many also involve persons known to the victim, including teachers, priests, and other adults in a position of trust. Not surprisingly, many victims are reluctant to report sexual assaults, and because of the shame and stigma associated with sexual assault, may delay report being assaulted. Fortunately, because of the #metoo movement and more widespread media coverage of sexual assault, more victims of sexual assault are willing to come forward and speak out. From a legal perspective, it is important to remember that there are differences between the crime of sexual assault and a civil case seeking to recover money damages for sexual assault, including the statutes of limitations (the time for when a lawsuit must be brought), the burden of proof, and the consequences to the person accused. It is also important to remember that particularly when it comes to cases involving sexual assault, the decision whether or not to pursue a lawsuit is one that is highly personal and not to be taken lightly. Our office has experience handling cases involving sexual assault, and treats any inquiries regarding claims of sexual assault as fully confidential. If you have been sexually assaulted and are considering legal action, call us for a free consultation.