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Sexual Assault Victims

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, you may be entitled to compensatory damages and punitive damages from the assailant, his employer and/or a third party. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury law to review your options and determine if any compensation is available to you.

Sexual assault is unlawful sexual activity carried out forcibly or under threat of injury and against the victim's will. Legally, sexual assault involves not only a crime, but also possible civil remedies for the victim. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the sexual assault, a victim may file a lawsuit against the perpetrator or a third party, in addition to bringing criminal charges. If you or your child has been sexually assaulted, you must seek legal counsel from an injury attorney experienced in sexual assault cases.

A victim of sexual assault that occurred at an organization or in the workplace may be able to file a third party claim. Negligent hiring occurs when the employer hires an individual that it knew, or should have known, was unfit for the job. Negligent supervision occurs when an organization fails to properly supervise employee interaction with children, co-workers or other victims. An institution may be liable for sexual abuse if it fails to properly secure its premises, allowing sexual abuse to occur on the property.

An employer may be held liable for the intentional actions of an employee if the employee is acting in the scope of their employment. Several other factual scenarios may create liability on the employer's part, such as "quid pro quo harassment," in which an employee is exposed to sexual demands, which if not agreed to will forfeit job benefits, lose perks, or lose advancement opportunities. 

If the victim of a sexual assault is a child, the child's parents may be able to recover monetary damages on the child's behalf. A parent may be able to bring an action against the child's assailant or against a negligent establishment. In cases where another minor committed the sexual abuse, the attacker's parents may be liable for negligence. If a child is assaulted in a home, compensation may be available from the homeowner's policy. If your child has been sexually assaulted, contact an experienced lawyer immediately so you do not waive valuable legal rights.

Sexual assault can result in significant expenses for the victim and victim’s family. If you have been raped, molested or the victim of sexually assault contact an attorney to help you obtain any financial compensation available to you. Contact Attorney Search Network for a pre-screen referral. Get a Lawyer Referral.

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