Sexual Abuse Victim Rights
It is important to know that when you are sexually abused, there is usually more than one person to blame for your abuse. It isn’t just the person who caused you trauma, but it could be the hospital, school, care facility owner and the very property owner where your abuse took place. This is why it is important to call The Michael Brady Lynch Firm for your confidential and free case review. We will also explore the statutes of limitation in your state.
If the owner of the property suspects sexual abuse is taking place and fails to prevent the crime, he or she could be found liable. For example, if the owner fails to put adequate security items like an alarm system, sufficient lighting around the building, patrolled parking lots, or doesn’t fix windows or locks, this could have caused the crime to occur.
- Hotels and motels
- Shopping centers
- Retail stores
- Grocery stores
- Apartment buildings
- Restaurants and bars
- Recreational facilities
- Amusement parks
- Gas stations
Therefore, compensation could be available if sexual abuse happened on someone else’s property.
Sexual abuse can affect a victim’s living situation. However, under federal and state fair housing law, victims have rights. These could include safety accommodations like changing locks and installing additional lighting. However, for some the landlord or another tenant may be the source of the abuse. This could cause the victim to terminate the lease, which could compel an eviction. This could cause financial strain.
Also, sometimes the victim doesn’t want to leave but needs the landlord to approve certain safety accommodations, such as changing locks and installing additional lighting in shared passageways. If a landlord wouldn’t comply and you were sexually abuse, they could be found liable.
When sexual abuse happens at the workplace, this can cause mayhem to a victim’s life. Federal and state employment laws prohibit workplace harassment. This includes sexual harassment and sexual abuse. If it does happen, an employer could be liable regardless of whether a co-worker, manager, client, or customer committed the abuse.
Other industries are dangerous and know there is a risk of an employee attack. Yet, the employer does nothing to help prevent the abuse. These companies have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect their employees. When they do not, the company could be found liable.
Get Legal Help
Survivors of sexual abuse can file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of a criminal prosecution. Civil lawsuits can help a survivor seek monetary damages. This compensation can never change the abuse suffered but can help rebuild a life.
If your sexual abuse happened at work, home, or at another place of business, others besides the perpetrator can be held liable for your attack. We will hold them liable. Plus, a civil suit can deter future abuse. This is why it is important if you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse to contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We will provide a free consultation and instruct of any avenues available to you for civil litigation.