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Some sexual assault statistics may be surprising

To fight sex crime charges, you need to be educated in the facts. Are sex crimes really that common? Is a judge more likely to believe a female than a male when it comes to accusations or rape or assault? Why are these charges taken so seriously when they could be falsified?

Only around 30 percent of all sexual assault cases are reported to the authorities. Because of this, when someone does report sexual assault, it's taken very seriously.

If you're the one being accused of assaulting another person, it's important that you protect yourself from the moment you find out about the accusations. False accusations are still made today, and you deserve to be treated fairly when the case is being investigated.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there was a 62 percent decline in reported sexual assault between 1992 and 2010. Whether that reflects a decline in actual incidents of sexual assault is another matter.

Women aren't the only victims of sexual assault, either. In fact 18 percent of all juvenile victims of sexual assault are actually male.

Those between the ages of 16 and 19 are 3.5 times more likely to be assaulted, raped, or victims of attempted rape. This is true regardless of gender.

If you or a loved one has been accused of sexual assault or any type of sex crime, it's essential to take the matter seriously. Even an accusation can change your life. A conviction can have lifelong ramifications. An experienced Florida criminal defense attorney can work to protect your rights and guide you through the justice system.

Source: The U.S. Department of Justice NSOPW, "Sexual Abuse," accessed May 20, 2016

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