What You Need To Know About Sexual Assault In Utah

How Common Is Sexual Assault in Utah?

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were just over 5,400 reports of sexual assault in 2022. That number comes from adding the different crimes reported that fit under the sexual assault umbrella.

In a 2007 survey by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 28.9% of women who responded said they had experienced sexual assault and 17.3% said they were raped. 

Utah’s Punishments For Sexual Assault

The punishment that follows a sexual assault conviction depends on the details of the assault. Here are a few of the biggest ones:

What If Someone Makes a False Report?

When it comes to sexual assault, false reports do occur. They have been estimated to be 2-10% of reported cases. In fact, more than half of all wrongful convictions can be traced back to a false allegation or false testimony. Further the National Registry of Exonerations found that a Black person incarcerated for sexual assault is three-and-a-half times more likely to be innocent than a white person convicted of sexual assault. 

Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat have seen many false reports in their practice. In fact, the law firm has successfully helped people get acquitted and recover the monetary losses that resulted from them. 

If you have been accused of sexual assault, they would be able to help you too. For a free consultation, call (801) 532-5297.

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