A friend of mine was coerced into giving oral sex in her supervisor's car; naturally, she is devastated but also wonders what sort of a case she may have. (How did she get in this situation? She is rebuilding her life/credit, etc. and typically relies on public transportation or a cab to commute and otherwise travel, but made the mistake of trusting this individual for a ride home on this particular occasion.) There will be a lag of about 5 days between when the incident occurred and when she will file with the police.
She needs to contact the police right away and report the incident. It is up to the police and the country prosecutor.
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Your friend has plenty of time to report the incident. However, the sooner she does, the more likely the police are to take the complaint seriously.
You mention that it was her supervisor who assaulted her. That suggests that she may also have a sexual harassment claim. She should speak with an employment lawyer as soon as possible.
You can find many experienced lawyers on this site. I suggest that she contact one and ask for a free consultation. Note that lawyers are not permitted to contact you unless you contact them first.
Eric A. Shore
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The SOL is at least 5 years depending on other factor no SOL. But the longer the delay the tougher the case to prove. Right now it is he said she said. No physical evidence unless there is a handkerchief or something with his DNA on it. There is fresh complaint maybe, that is telling someone soon after the event. She needs to go to the police ASAP.
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