Incidents involving Rape / Sexual Assault are a traumatic and difficult experience for the victim. State laws require that the owners or operators of public establishments or places of employment provide a safe and secure environment for patrons and employees. Sometimes, companies fail to meet those requirements. Several situations can lead to a Rape/Sexual Assault, such as inadequate security training or staff, inoperable door locks or poor lighting in public spaces.

Individuals who perform sexual penetration without the consent of the injured party or commit the crime knowing the victim cannot defend themselves may also face tort action, in addition to criminal prosecution. The law allows for the pursuit of damages where a corporation was negligent in providing a secure area and where an individual committed the act. Following are some of the common components of a rape sexual assault case:

Types of sexual assault: Sexual assault is a general term used to describe a number of crimes. The act can range from rape to attempted rape, threats or other unwanted contact. Sexual misconduct and indecent exposure or contact are examples of sexual assaults.

Effects of sexual assaults: The victim of a sexual assault may experience a number of changes that qualify for compensation in a court of law. Victims may experience physical injuries, vomiting, pain, psychological disorders, sexual dysfunction, loss of income or withdrawal. In some situations, victims develop a condition known as Rape-related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, which can impair occupational and social functioning. Additionally, victims of sexual assaults can contract deadly diseases, such as HIV/AIDS.

Compensation: Rape / sexual assault is a violent crime that forever changes the victim’s lifestyle and functioning. Some victims recover fully; however, many do not. Monetary compensation cannot resolve the pain or suffering accompanied by such an assault, but it can provide the financial support required to receive invaluable services, such as mental health counseling.