Victim of Assault and Rape
According to a 2005 report, rape is the most underreported crime in America because victims are scarred to come forward.
If you have been a victim of rape, it is crucial to contact a personal injury attorney to file a rape lawsuit against your attacker. Significant changes to help the treatment of sexual assault victims have occurred in the last 20 years that a personal injury attorney can go over with you.
Since 1970, hundreds of laws have been passed to protect rape victims in the courts and assist their personal injury attorneys. A personal injury attorney can let you know exactly what your rights are a victim and what has changed.
Although the treatment of rape victims today is vastly different from 20 years ago, many victims still do not report the crime, and they do not receive the assistance and treatment they need. They also don’t get the correct compensation through a rape lawsuit that a personal injury lawyer
would have filed.
What they don’t know is that the lawsuit is not just about the compensation, but stopping the attacker from raping someone else. If they get away with the rape, they will do it again.
Don’t let this be you. If you are a victim of rape, man or woman, it is crucial to contact a personal injury attorney. Your lawsuit could keep the attacker from assaulting someone else.
Types of Rape Victims
According to the U.S. Department of Justice:
- An estimated 91 percent of the victims of rape are female
- 9 percent are male
- Nearly 99 percent of the reported offenders are male
- The National Victim Center reports that 683,000 women are raped per year
- The National Violence Against Women Survey found of the women who reported being raped, 54 percent were under the age of 18 at the time of the first rape
This epidemic needs to stop and it starts with you contacting a personal injury attorney to file a claim against your attacker.
What is a Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not want or agree to. It ranges from inappropriate touching to penetration or intercourse. It also can be verbal, visual, audio. Sexual assault includes:
- Rape and attempted rape
- Child molestation
- Sexual harassment.
It can also happen in different situations, such as:
- Date rape
- Domestic partner violence
- By a stranger
If any of these situations fits your case, contact a personal injury attorney
as soon as possible to get retribution against your attacker.
How Victims Get Sexually Assaulted
The date rape drug Rohypnol has been associated with date rape, and has also been called the "Forget Pill, " because the victims often forget what happened.
In combination with alcohol, the pill can cause memory loss and a decrease in resistance. This is how attackers take girls down and rape them. In most instances, the attacker is a scared, weak person.
However, these victims often do not report the rape
Only 16 percent of rapes are ever reported to the police. In a survey of victims who did not report rape, the victims gave reasons for not making a report including:
- 43 percent thought nothing could be done
- 27 percent thought it was a private matter
- 12 percent thought it was not important enough.
Don’t take your rape lightly. Contact a personal injury attorney
as soon as possible.
The settlement of a lawsuit filed by a former student who said she was raped in her dorm room cost Arizona State University $850,000.
It will also force change to way the university responds to rape cases.
The woman reported that a football-scholarship student raped her on March 12, 2004. An investigation by campus police concluded "non-consensual sexual intercourse" took place, according to court documents, but the Maricopa County Attorney's Office later declined to prosecute Henderson, saying conviction was unlikely.
ASU accepted no liability for the alleged rape, but still settled for the large sum of money and said it would change the way it handles rape cases.
Only if you come forward with a personal injury attorney
, will there be change in the way rape is handled and perceived.