Being the victim of sexual assault or other sex crimes can be terrifying. Victims may feel shame or even as if the incident was their fault. However, nothing could be further from the truth. To understand the crime of sexual assault, it is important to note the definition of sexual assault under Colorado law.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault occurs when the perpetrator knowingly sexually intrudes upon or penetrates someone else.
However, the perpetrator must take such actions against the victim’s will, or the perpetrator must like they are the victim’s spouse and the victim does not realize the perpetrator is not their spouse, or the act must take place by a perpetrator claiming the acts are for medical treatment purpose when it is not. This list is not all-exhaustive; there are other circumstances that could constitute sexual assault or other sex crimes.
Holding perpetrators of sexual assault accountable
Sexual assault or other unlawful sexual acts may take place between strangers or even people the victim knew and trusted. However, a person found guilty of sexual assault can be charged with anywhere from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 2 felony depending on the circumstances.
It is essential that victims of sexual assault or other sex crimes do not feel intimidated or silenced. It is important to bring these crimes to light and hold perpetrators of these crimes responsible in a court of law. By doing so, not only do victims obtain justice but they may also obtain the closure they need to move on from the incident.