Unlike some criminal charges where the accused has been convicted of sexual assault the penalty can be sever and long lasting. Before any trial or evidence is heard by the court the allegation of a sexual assault can include immediate ramifications such as:
- unwanted publicity and media attention
- termination of employment
- public damation
- restrictive bail conditions
The immediate consequences of being charged with sexual assault can be debilitating to most people. Numerous individuals have been publicly shamed, fired and discredited where unfounded allegations are rightly or wrongly distributed by the media.