FAQ Categories: Sexual Assault and Rape

No, though they are related. Sexual harassment can escalate to sexual assault, but can also occur without a sexual assault. Sexual harassment is any harassment of a person because of that person’s sex that occurs in the workplace. Harassment may occur in the form of offensive remarks about

This is important: if you have been the victim of a rape or sexual assault, the lawyer in charge of the criminal case against your attacker (the “prosecutor” or “solicitor”) is not your lawyer. Prosecutors work for the government, not for you, even though they are doing a

Yes. Criminal courts and civil courts run independently of each other. One type of case does not have to be finished before the other begins. Both criminal and civil cases have time limits as to when they can be filed. These time limits are called “statutes of limitations.”

Spas and massage parlors have been in the news with increasing frequency because of sexual assaults happening there. By the end of 2017, more than 180 people were reporting that they were sexually assaulted at Massage Envy. Unwanted touching by a masseuse (or massage therapist) creates a claim

Yes. In fact, Georgia law is crystal clear that being in a relationship or being married is not a defense to rape. If your significant other or spouse had sex with you without your consent, or touched you without your consent, you have a claim for rape or

Freezing is a common response to being raped or sexually assaulted. Having this response is not something that a survivor should be ashamed of. We all think of “fight or flight,” but the human brain reacts to trauma in other ways. One way is to freeze. Freezing is

“Rape” and “sexual assault” can be used interchangeably in criminal or civil court. The Georgia code has two rape statutes, including: O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1 (Rape) O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3 (Statutory rape) Rape means forced sex. In the legal definition contained in Georgia’s official code, “rape” occurs where a person

It is very normal to question whether or not to contact law enforcement to report a sexual assault. It requires sharing vulnerable, intimate details with strangers. Sexual assault takes an enormous physical and emotional toll on survivors. No survivor is obligated to report their assault, and survivors can

Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says “yes” to sexual contact. To be given, each person must feel free to say “yes,” “no,” or “stop” at any point. Consent can be taken back – you can say yes at first, and then change your mind. You

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