What is indecent assault?
Indecent assault is generally very similar to sexual assault, but does not include rape.
This type of assault can be any sort of sexual contact such as stroking, kissing or grabbing, that is not consented by the other person.
In the Sexual Offences Act 1956, indecent assault is defined as:
“Offensive sexual contact with another person, exclusive of rape.”
The offence is considered indecent if any reasonable person would believe it to be indecent, regardless of what the accused believes.
I have been falsely accused of indecent assault - What do I do?
The most important thing to do if you are falsely accused of indecent assault is to get yourself an experienced defense attorney. This may seem like the last thing you want to do, considering that you are innocent, but the defense attorney will have the legal expertise needed to have the best chance of finding you not guilty in court.
As well as hiring a defense attorney, other things you should do if falsely accused of indecent assault are:
- Stay calm. It may be tempting to feel extreme feelings of anger and resentment towards your accuser, or anyone who believes them, but showing this anger will only make things worse in the long run.
- Write down every detail about your case, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. Where were you at the supposed time of the attack? Do you have anyone that can vouch for you?
- Keep hold of any correspondence between you and the accuser that could prove that, if any sexual contact did happen, it was consensual. This could be text messages, voicemails, emails or any other form of communication.
If you are arrested for indecent assault, it is important to know your rights.