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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse includes any form of sexual behaviour or sexual advances, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical, intentional or unintentional, that is perceived by the person undergoing it as unwanted or coerced, and/or occurs within an unequal power relationship (e.g. trainer-pupil, teacher-pupil, adult child). Think of being forced to satisfy someone sexually, having to undress in front of someone, being touched or being forced into a body opening. A related term is fornication. The term "fornication" means acts of sexual intent contrary to the socio-ethical norm. If you or someone close to you is suspected of sexual abuse, it is important to call in an expert lawyer. The lawyers at our firm have a great deal of experience in handling criminal cases, including moral cases. Please contact us for assistance and advice.


Sexual abuse is punishable under sections 244, 245, 247, 248a and 249 of the Penal Code. These articles prohibit all forms of sexual advances towards minors.


Punishment for sexual abuse

Many people wonder what punishment a person can expect for sexual abuse, but that question can never be answered just like that. Punishment is tailor-made. In the case of a conviction, the judge looks at all kinds of factors, such as the circumstances under which the offence was committed, the person of the suspect, the maximum sentence and judgments in similar cases. The lawyers at our firm can make a realistic assessment of a possible penalty, even if it is ultimately up to the court to make the decision.


Our lawyers can assist you throughout the Netherlands. We litigate at the Courts of Alkmaar, Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen, Breda, Dordrecht, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Lelystad, Maastricht, Middelburg, Roermond, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Zutphen and Zwolle, the Courts of Appeal in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, 's-Hertogenbosch and Leeuwarden and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.


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