Sexual Assault

Did you know April is sexual assault awareness month?

The month of April is dedicated to raising public awareness about sexual assault along with educating people on how to prevent sexual violence. This month was born out of the “Take Back the Night” marches that started as early as 1976. The definition of sexual assault in Florida according to the Florida Statute’s include “oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object, without the party’s consent or capacity to provide consent.”

Sexual assault can take place anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.

To help put this topic more in the limelight, denim day was born. Denim day was originally conceived based on a case in Italy. In the 1990’s, an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped by her driving instructor. The perpetrator was arrested, prosecuted, convicted of rape and sent to jail. However, he appealed his sentence and the case progressed to the Italian Supreme Court. The ruling was overturned and dismissed since the Italian Supreme Court stated that the girl was wearing very tight jeans and therefore had to help the perpetrator remove them from her body so that implied consensual sex. To support the girl and to protest the ruling, the women of the Italian Parliament all wore jeans to work the next day. Denim day now takes place every year on a Wednesday in April. This year, Denim day falls on April 25th. To learn more, please visit online at http://denimdayinfo.org/about/.

Penalties

Penalties for sexual assault vary depending on the age of the victim, the age of the defendant, and if it falls under “listed circumstances” which include the victim being physically helpless to resist, the offender coercing the victim by threatening to use force or violence, or the offender coerces the victim by threatening to retaliate against the victim or any other person that the victim reasonably believes the offender has the ability to execute the threat in the future. These are just a few of the “listed circumstances” used to define sexual assault. Penalties can include life imprisonment, punishment by death, imprisonment not exceeding 30 years, and fines. This is a very serious offense.
49th Street Bail Bonds bails clients out of jail who are facing numerous charges including assault, DUI, drug trafficking, domestic violence, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call us at 727-592-0000. A bail bond agent is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to assist you.

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