How to handle accusations of sexually assaulting a minor

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2021 | Firm News

Allegations of sexual assault are a serious situation. If someone falsely accuses you of sexually assaulting a child, you need to know what to do.

After you hear that someone is accusing you of sexual assault, you may feel like there is nothing you can do about the situation. According to FindLaw, there are specific actions you should take to protect yourself from further allegations.

Know which actions to avoid

You may encounter children either at your job or in your social relations. You should make sure you avoid unnecessary contact with these children. If a young child needs help going to the bathroom, for example, you should find another adult to step in. You may also want to keep an adult nearby at all times who can help ensure that no one misinterprets your actions.

Know which actions to take

You may need the testimony of other people to help demonstrate your innocence. You should speak to your friends, family members and colleagues and ask them to provide a statement. These statements can help demonstrate that you have a history of being responsible around children.

Know the severity of the situation

Disproving sexual assault allegations can be a long process. Sometimes, it may feel like everything will be easier if you make a confession. However, a false confession could result in a conviction, and this can have far-reaching consequences for the rest of your life. Wisconsin law takes sexual assault of a minor very seriously. You may face either first-degree or second-degree felony charges, depending on the age of the child. If you receive a conviction, you will need to register on a website of sexual offenders for the next 75 years. Additionally, you may also face a social stigma that affects your life and career options. You need to understand your options for combating these sexual assault allegations.