Obtaining Compensation as a Sexual Assault Survivor
Hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children are sexually assaulted or abused each year. Sexual assault is pervasive, infiltrating our schools, churches, and workplaces. A person who is sexually abused can be impacted for a lifetime; suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, physical injuries, and emotional trauma.
Sexual assault survivors are often disheartened to find that the criminal justice system rarely ensures that they receive compensation to cover their losses. One of the only ways to ensure that you receive damages is through a civil lawsuit. A civil lawsuit can help provide money to cover your medical bills, counseling, lost wages, and more.
Sexual Assault Statistics in the U.S.
Understandably, sexual assault survivors are often hesitant to come forward. Too many times, a person who has suffered unthinkable trauma is subjected to judgment, or worse, not believed. Most researchers believe that the majority of sexual assault and abuse incidents go unreported. Even when it is reported to law enforcement, many perpetrators are never prosecuted or convicted.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 975 perpetrators ultimately walk free. Of those cases, 310 perpetrators are reported to the police, 50 are arrested, 28 are charged with a felony, and only 25 are incarcerated. Given these statistics, it is not surprising that the majority of survivors do not even report the crime.
Pursuing a Civil Lawsuit After Sexual Assault
It is essential, however, that all survivors be heard and have the chance to obtain the justice they deserve. A civil lawsuit can help ensure that any responsible parties are held liable for their wrongdoing and that you receive compensation for your injuries. A civil lawsuit can be pursued in addition to or separate from criminal charges.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and a responsible third party such as a school, organization, or other institution. It is important to consult with a sexual assault lawyer as soon as possible to determine your legal options.
Why You Need to Take Action
You may only have a limited amount of time to pursue legal action against a liable party after a sexual assault. It is vital to act quickly to ensure that you file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Failure to file within the statutory time period could result in your claim for damages being denied.
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Were you sexually assaulted or abused? Contact our office at (713) 751-0025 for a free consultation. All case evaluations are confidential and without obligation to retain our services. Get over 100 years of combined legal experience on your side.
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