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Many people think of sexual assault and abuse as strictly criminal offenses, but these wrongdoings can also be characterized as "intentional torts," which are a sort of personal harm claim. A victim may pursue a civil complaint for sexual violence, assault and battery, or intentional infliction of mental distress in addition to filing criminal charges against the perpetrator. Typically, civil lawsuits are filed to compensate the victim and his or her family for losses, but in cases of rape or sexual battery, a civil suit may provide victims with a sense of justice if criminal charges are not pursued or are unsuccessful. The standard of proof in civil court is lower; rather than requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the plaintiff merely needs to persuade the judge or jury that the allegation is more likely than not true.