Assault & Sexual Assault
Although an assault often includes an act of physical violence against the victim, this is not always the case, as an assault can occur without the use of direct physical force. When an assault is accompanied with the use of direct physical force with the intent to inflict malicious and grievous bodily harm, a very serious offence has occurred which is punishable by imprisonment. Of course if the possession, use, attempt to use, or threat to use a weapon is also involved, penalties are much more severe.
Sexual assault, particularly against children under the age of sixteen years, or if the victim has a serious physical or intellectual disability, is also very serious and is punishable by a lengthy prison term. Sexual intercourse with someone who does not give consent and the offender knows that consent is not given, including oral or anal sex, or the insertion of objects, amounts to sexual assault.
Contact us for advice if you or someone you care about has fallen victim to an assault.