Survivors of sexual assault and child sexual abuse should be aware that they can find justice in both criminal and civil courts. If your family is in this difficult situation, you may be wondering:
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If you or someone you love has recently been sexually assaulted or suffered as the victim of child sexual abuse, you may have many questions. It’s common to wonder how the sexual predator who violated you or a loved one will be punished for their heinous crimes.
A successful conviction can help give families a sense of relief and makes sure that the perpetrator responsible for the crime is taken off the streets before he or she can harm other victims. We’ve summarized the main New Hampshire sexual crime statutes used to prosecute sexual offenders in the section below.
While criminal prosecution is a priority after any crime of sexual violence, it’s important for victims to be aware of their legal options in the civil court system. From Nashua and Concord to Franconia and Berlin, a civil child sexual assault or child sexual abuse lawsuit can help demand accountability from both the person responsible for committing the crime and anyone else who enabled the act through negligence.
For example, business owners who fail to provide proper security for their properties, organizations who fail to screen employees and volunteers working with children, and employers who fail to run background checks on employees can all be held liable in these lawsuits.
Filing a lawsuit may not be your first concern as a survivor, but these claims are often the only ways victims can recover the financial support they need. Sometimes, the criminal justice system fails when police fail to make arrests or juries fail to convict. In these scenarios, a civil lawsuit can also offer legal recourse for victims who feel their offender unfairly walked away without punishment.
According to New Hampshire law, child sexual abuse involves any of the following activities:
A child is defined as anyone under 18 years of age.
New Hampshire law requires certain professionals who regularly work with children to report suspected child abuse as soon as possible. Professionals with this legal obligation as mandated reporters include:
A person can be convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault if he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person under any of the following circumstances:
Aggravated felonious sexual assault is a Class A felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison, but longer sentences and lifetime supervision are often ordered when the offender has prior sex crime convictions.
Felonious sexual assault charges apply in cases involving sexual contact without penetration. A person can be considered guilty of this crime if they subject a person to sexual contact under any of the following circumstances:
This Class B felony is punishable by 1-7 years in prison.
A person is guilty of sexual assault if he or she:
Sexual assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in prison.