Upper Darby Sexual Assault Lawyer

Unfortunately, sexual assault is more common than you might think. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every 68 seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.

While these events are often criminal actions, survivors of assault do have legal options to seek compensation from their abusers. If you have experienced any type of sexual assault, you can hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we understand the sensitive nature of these crimes. Let us help you get the justice you deserve by holding these individuals financially liable for your losses.

Contact an Upper Darby sexual assault lawyer to see how we can assist with your case.

Where Does Sexual Assault Occur?

Unfortunately, no community is safe from sexual violence, even Upper Darby. These acts can take place anywhere, at any time.

While a home is often considered a place of safety, it can also be where survivors face danger. Also according to RAINN, approximately 55% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home.

Even in public places, individuals can face an attack. Some of these common areas include:.

  • Schools: Assault may happen on school grounds or during school-related activities.
  • Workplaces: Sexual harassment or assault can occur in professional environments.
  • Churches or religious centers: Sexual assault can take place in these sacred spaces.
  • Public Spaces: Parks, streets, public transportation, and other community areas are not immune to sexual violence.

While these are just a few examples, it is not an exhaustive list. Sexual assault is not limited to specific spaces or areas. If you have been assaulted, you have rights. Contact an Upper Darby sexual assault lawyer today.

Types of Sexual Assault

Anyone of any age, gender, or background can experience unwanted sexual contact. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sexual assault and violence can take many forms, such as:

  • Non-consensual sexual contact
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Unwanted sexual contact or touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Non-consensual exposure
  • Watching someone engage in private acts without permission
  • Sharing intimate images without consent

While state prosecutors will determine whether a crime has been committed and bring charges against the individual, victims have other avenues to pursue justice.

Regardless of the outcome of a criminal trial, these individuals can pursue a civil lawsuit against their perpetrators. In these situations, survivors can seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.

Who May Be Held Liable in These Cases?

First, the primary liability lies with the person who committed the assault. In these cases, that individual is directly responsible for the harm caused.

However, liability can fall on other individuals and entities. Often, institutions failed to prevent or adequately address the assault, making them partly responsible for those actions. These parties may include:

  • Schools: If a student is assaulted on school premises or during school-related activities, the school may be liable for inadequate security measures or negligence.
  • Churches and religious institutions: When sexual abuse occurs within a religious context, the institution may be held accountable for failing to protect its members.
  • Employers: Workplace sexual assault can lead to liability for the employer if they don’t take preventive measures or respond to complaints.

The above are just a few parties that may be accountable for the attack. If you would like to learn more about who could share responsibility, make sure to contact an Upper Darby sexual assault attorney.

Why Seek Compensation in These Cases

Pursuing a civil suit against your perpetrator can be a major decision. While pursuing a claim may relieve some of those painful memories, seeking justice in your case is necessary. Here are some reasons individuals choose to take legal action against these perpetrators:

  • Seeking justice and accountability: A civil suit allows survivors to hold their perpetrators accountable for their actions. With that, you have an opportunity to seek justice beyond criminal trial.
  • Compensation and damages: You may pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, lost wages, and property damage. Victims can also seek restitution for pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Preventing future harm: By taking legal action, you might be able to prevent similar harm to others. A civil lawsuit can also raise awareness about these criminal acts in the community.
  • Validation and closure: A successful civil suit validates your experiences and provides a sense of closure. It also acknowledges the harm you endured so that you can move forward.

For all these reasons, you may want to pursue a civil lawsuit against your attacker and the entities that were negligent in protecting your safety.

Compassionate Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we know that any type of sexual assault or violence can leave permanent physical and emotional scars on your life. However, there is hope. You may be able to recover financial damages from these individuals.

Reach out to our Upper Darby sexual assault lawyer to learn more about your options. Seeking compensation is another way to move forward and get the justice that you deserve. Contact us today.

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