A sexual assault is a mentally challenging and emotional experience. If you are a victim of any kind of sexual assault, going to court to see the perpetrator tried and brought to justice can be an especially trying time. There has been an increase in sexual abuse cases and sexual assault crimes reported in recent years, so you are not alone when you report your crime and face off against the perpetrator. Here is a rundown of what to expect as a victim of sexual assault when your case goes to court and how a sexual assault attorney can help you maneuver through the system.
The Legal Process
Many sexual assault victims have a fear of the legal system and the court process because they will relive their trauma, and they will have to come face to face with the perpetrator. However, some victims use the opportunity to take control of the situation and to seek justice to keep the perpetrator from harming anyone else. It is the victim’s decision whether to go to court, and the well-being and emotional health of the victim should be given utmost consideration.
The court will usually support the victim as much as possible, especially those who are most vulnerable, including children. Depending on the circumstances, the court, and the applicable laws, special measures may be taken to offer added protection to the victims in court. They may be able to have curtains around the stand when testifying, or they may be allowed to testify through a TV link or a special internet connection.
Before an individual testifies, he or she should familiarize himself or herself with the legal system, applicable laws, and the court process. A sexual assault attorney can help you prepare and ensure your rights are protected. Loved ones – including the family and close friends of the victim – can also face difficulties and stresses during the court process. They may not be aware of the explicit details until the victim testifies, and this could cause them pain and anger.
A sexual assault attorney will look out for you and your loved ones, taking your emotions and mental health into consideration and ensuring that you are treated with the care and consideration you need throughout the legal process and prosecution of the perpetrator.
Help Is Available
If you are a victim of sexual assault, help is available. You should speak with a sexual assault attorney and consider getting mental health care from a licensed professional, such as a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist. Your overall mental well-being and emotional health are of the utmost importance throughout the process.
The Trial Law Office of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq., offers caring, compassionate representation to victims of sexual abuse and assault. Call today for a free initial consultation and to determine how to proceed with your case and what to expect in court when you testify against the perpetrator. Legal representation is essential to your case.