Reporting the Crime to Law Enforcement
One option is to report the crime to the police. This is not mandatory, but it may help hold the perpetrator accountable and deter them from committing similar incidents in the future. If you are wondering how to file a report or what the process looks like, our team can provide you with some guidance and support.
Seeking a Peace Bond or “No Contact Order”
If you're concerned about your safety or fear that the perpetrator may harm you again, a protective order may be an option. If you report the assault to police, they can assist you in obtaining a peace bond. You can also apply for one without involving the police.
Filing a Civil Lawsuit
A civil lawsuit can provide an important path to compensation, healing and justice for sexual assault survivors. Beckett’s team of sexual assault and abuse lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against the perpetrator or others who failed to keep you safe and obtain compensation for damages that you suffered as a result of the assault. These can include pain and suffering, medical expenses, counseling costs, income loss, and reduction in your academic or earning potential.
Accessing Support Services
Finding and accessing financial, psychological, and social support services can be challenging. Beckett lawyers can speak to you about some commonly used supports and refer you to programs that offer counseling, resources, and referrals. When in doubt, calling your local sexual assault centre can also be a great first step in finding tools to help you cope with the trauma of an assault.
We Can Help
Beckett understands the profound impact that sexual assault can have on victims and their families. That's why we're committed to helping survivors seek justice and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and provide compassionate advocacy every step of the way.