Sexual Assault Compensation
Have you been sexually assaulted?
You can receive compensation for your injury.
We want to help!
Sexual assault is unfortunately a prevalent issue in our country. Statistically, one in four girls and one in six boys will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. Far too often, young girls and boys become victims due to their vulnerability.
Perpetrators often attack those who may not have a voice in society. However, here at Van Law Firm, our top personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you. We want to give you back your voice and your life.
What Is Consent?
According to RAINN, the (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity that must occur between both parties, not just one. You may even be unsure of whether you had consented to the act. This is often a concern for victims.
But remember, you have the right to revoke consent even if you previously gave it.
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Where do Sexual Assaults Occur?
Sexual assault is not limited to back corners or alleyways, though it often does occur in public. Parties, concerts, and restrooms are the most common, but assaults can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, even churches and children’s sports teams are susceptible to these assaults because perpetrators target places where people would never expect to be harmed.
These actions, and the failure to keep you or your children safe, produce organizational liability. We can sue these organizations for failing to keep you safe even if the assaults occurred many years ago. For example, the Boy Scouts of America were found liable under organizational liability, and their victims received an $850 million dollar settlement.
When do Sexual Assaults Occur?
Sexual assaults often occur during childhood. Most people don’t realize these behaviors were harmful and of a criminal nature until later in life. This leads many to believe that it is too late to report these acts, which is simply not true.
In the state of Nevada, 20 years is given from the date a victim turns 18 for the victim to report a sexual assault.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone – there is no age limit. Even older adults living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes can face sexual assault, as they are often fragile and vulnerable due to their age.
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Who Is Sexually Assaulted?
Societal views of women and men can complicate things when investigating a sexual assault. Victim blaming can result in victims refusing to come forward out of fear they won’t be heard. Women, for instance, can be blamed for “inviting” the assault due to the clothing they wear and where they were at the time, among other indefensible arguments.
Men especially may be discouraged from coming forward with sexual assault allegations. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are prepared to bring suit no matter your gender. All voices deserve to be heard, we want to hear yours.
Here at Van Law Firm, we know that there is only one person to blame. An act of violence was committed against you and we want to hold that perpetrator accountable.
Sexual assault is viewed as a male asserting force against a female. However, sexual assault is not solely limited to males against females or even females against males. Sexual assault can exist between same-sex individuals.
This issue has no sex or gender boundaries. If you did not consent to the contact, then an assault was committed against you – plain and simple.
Sexual Assault within a Relationship
Sexual assault is often committed by someone the victim knows. Within relationships, the lines of consent can be blurred as it is often assumed the other person has consent by default. However, regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not with that person, they must always ask for your consent – and you can revoke it at any time.
Domestic violence also raises the likelihood of sexual assault. This is because sex is often used to control and assert dominance over the victim.
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Why don’t Victims Come Forward?
People often question why victims do not come forward sooner. At Van Law Firm, we understand the mental, emotional, and physical impact of this experience.
We know that telling your story will never be easy and requires you to relive a traumatic time in your life. However, we want to bring you justice and help you fight to be compensated for your injuries. By standing up and speaking out you can be a part of the change happening right now in this country.
We can only help you if you come forward, so contact us today. We want to help you tell your story.
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