Unfortunately, sexual assault remains a very serious problem in Texas. Sadly, the true rate of sexual assault is undoubtedly significantly higher than the number of reported cases — study after study has found that sexual assault is chronically underreported.
Sexual assault is a criminal attack, and survivors deserve justice. Those who have been victimized by sexual misconduct must have their rights and interests protected. At DJC Law, our attorneys represent survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. If you were the victim of sexual battery, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our Austin sexual assault lawyers for legal guidance.
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Protecting the Rights of Sexual Assault Survivors in Austin
The perpetrator who is responsible for sexual violence must be held legally liable for their criminal conduct. In some cases, this could include criminal prosecution. In addition, the survivor of the attack may also have civil remedies that can be taken directly against the defendant. Indeed, survivors have the right to file a civil sexual assault lawsuit against the perpetrator.
Beyond the actual offender, other parties may also bear civil liability for a sexual assault or sexual exploitation. In fact, in many cases, it makes more sense for the survivor of the attack to pursue civil action against negligent third parties. This is true for two reasons: first, because these entities often have the resources to pay out full compensation for civil claims; and second, because civil action is generally the best way to hold negligent third parties accountable for sexual misconduct.
If you or your loved one was sexually assaulted because of inadequate security, lack of background checks on staff members, or because of any other type of third-party negligence, you may have a viable legal claim. Third-party sexual assault claims can be filed against a wide range of different defendants. Some of the most common examples include businesses, property owners, apartment complexes, security companies, employers, colleges and universities, public or private schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare providers.
Survivors of sexual misconduct have a legal right to seek financial compensation for the full value of their damages. Among other types of financial relief, compensation may be available for emergency room care, other related medical costs, mental health treatment, lost current and future wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and permanent physical impairment.
At DJC Law, our compassionate attorneys are committed to getting justice for survivors of sexual misconduct. We fight to hold offenders and negligent third parties legally accountable. Our Austin sexual assault lawyers will fight to protect your rights.
If you were the victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for legal guidance. Consultations are always strictly confidential and free of charge.