Personal injury cases most frequently involve physical injuries – bone fractures, burns, lacerations, for example. The emotional injuries caused by a sexual assault are less visible but no less real or harmful. These emotional injuries are often present more difficulty in recovery and are resistant to treatment efforts. Proof in court of emotional injuries most often requires the testimony of treating and/or consulting psychiatrists or mental health counselors.
In addition, the testimony of the victim, family members, teachers and others might be used to complete the picture for judge or jury of the extent of the emotional injury caused by the sexual assault.