Rape is a crime. As such, the law punishes anyone convicted of rape with many of the same consequences associated with other heinous crimes, such as jail time, fines, probation and lifetime registration requirements. That said, the criminal consequences of a conviction do little to help rape victims put back together the pieces of their lives post assault. The emotional and physical damages of rape can be life-altering and long lasting. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, helps victims of sexual crimes seek justice for the harms done to them through civil lawsuits.

Understanding What Constitutes “Rape”

The technical definition of the term “rape” is the “forced penetration (with any body part or object), including vaginal, anal or oral intercourse.” Rape, like all other forms of sexual violence, is illegal, and a perpetrator may be punished at a criminal and civil level.

The law categorizes the types of rape based on the relationship between perpetrator and victim as well as the specific actions involved in the rape. That said, many victims of rape are unaware that they are victims. For instance, a young child who engages in sexual conduct with an adult may not be aware he or she is the victim of statutory rape. A woman who goes on a date with a man who then forces sex on her may not realize she is the victim of date rape. Sadly, because many people do not fully understand what constitutes rape, many victims blame themselves.

The Albuquerque rape victim advocates at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC strive to embolden rape victims by helping them understand that unwanted sexual contact may have occurred through no fault of their own. We do this by educating them on the various types of rape:

  • Acquaintance rape, which occurs between two people who know each other
  • Partner, marital or spousal rape (battering rape, force-only rape and sadistic rape)
  • Incest, particularly between vulnerable child and trusted adult figure
  • Statutory rape (age of consent is 17 in New Mexico)
  • Diminished capacity rape (which occurs when one person forces sexual penetration on another who does not have the mental capacity to consent)

Though two out of three sexual assaults occur between acquaintances, rape does often occur between strangers. Many rapes also occur in conjunction with hate crimes. New Mexico law also recognizes aggravated rape, which refers to forced sex acts by threat of serious bodily injury or death, forced sex acts involving drugged or drunk victims and sex acts involving children younger than 12 years old.

Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC Wants To Help You Move Forward

Though moving forward after such an event as rape may seem impossible, you can put the pieces of your life back together with the right support, guidance and legal representation. Our law firm takes a personalized approach to each case and strives to better understand where you are at physically, emotionally and financially speaking. We want to know the details of your case and your well-being following the rape so that we can understand how best to serve you. If you are ready to bring the guilty party to justice, contact Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC to schedule a private consultation today.

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