What Is the Patient’s Right To Know Act?

Until recently, gaps in California’s laws led to a lack of transparency in reporting doctor sexual assault and sexual abuse. Sadly, this increased the risk of patient sexual abuse by health care providers, who can use their positions of power to take advantage of their patients. In 2019, California lawmakers passed Senate Bill (SB) 1448,… read more

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What Is the Difference Between Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault?

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are two different types of sex crimes under California law. When prosecuted in the criminal court or claimed in the civil court, the nuances between these two terms are critical. Learning the difference between sexual abuse and sexual assault can help you better understand your case as a survivor of… read more

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How To Tell if You’ve Been Roofied

Perpetrators often use date rape drugs to commit sexual assault crimes. Date rape drugs are narcotics meant to sedate or incapacitate a victim to varying degrees so that a perpetrator can take advantage of a victim without his or her consent. One of the most commonly used date rape drugs is Rohypnol, more commonly known… read more

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As of April 2021, SAAM has existed for 20 years. SAAM is an opportunity to bring awareness and education to communities about the dangers of sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, as well as to show support for sexual assault survivors. Learn how to show your support… read more

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Sexual Assault Statistics: A Comprehensive Examination

Sexual assault is defined as any type of unwanted or unwelcome sexual contact. Although our understanding of sexual assault has grown over the past decade, it remains a serious and prevalent issue. However, as widespread as the issue is, finding definitive sexual assault statistics can be difficult and information varies from organization to organization. How… read more

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Can You Sue Uber or Lyft for Sexual Assault?

Using a rideshare vehicle should not put you at risk of sexual assault. Unfortunately, rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are not very discerning in their employment practices. For example, both companies only conduct background checks on their drivers for the prior seven years, and neither interviews their drivers in person before hiring them…. read more

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What Is a Rape Kit?

Rape is the crime of forcing sexual intercourse upon someone by means of intimidation, threat of bodily injury, violence, menace, or duress. Rape can also occur while the victim is unconscious, intoxicated, physically restrained, or mentally disabled. If someone rapes you, know that what happened to you was not your fault. Also know that it… read more

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Was I Sexually Assaulted?

Sexual assault affects millions of men and women around the world. Estimates state at least one in three women and one in six men will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes. Sexual assault can occur at home, church, school and the workplace. If you have lived through sexual assault or sexual violence, you have options…. read more

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Male Victims of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault does not only happen to women. While statistically, female survivors of sexual assault outnumber male survivors, the numbers are often skewed due to underreporting by males. Men may not realize they can also be sexual assault victims, or else feel too afraid or ashamed to come forward. If you experienced sexual assault as… read more

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What Does Consent Mean?

Consent is an important part of any sexual assault claim. The laws regarding consent vary from state to state and by circumstance. Many people do not fully understand the definition of consent or what it could mean for a case. Learning about the related laws in California could help you determine whether you have a… read more

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