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Fast Facts: Sexual Assault
Here are Fast Facts about Sexual Assault Lawsuits that every victim of these cases must know.
Sexual Assault claims can usually be filed as lawsuits without having to disclose your name publicly or put your identity in the newspapers or in the lawsuit papers.
Some of the key facts and evidence about your case might be in the hands of the police or criminal investigators or sex crimes unit detectives.
You may have to wait to get the evidence that has been assembled for criminal prosecution, or you may need to file motions to get at that evidence.
There may also be a stone-wall about from the authorities about potential witnesses identities, on the basis that there are pending criminal charges, or that an investigation is still ongoing.
If you are embarrassed to disclose intimate information to a male or female, tell your personal injury attorney about it, and arrangements can be made to hold a conference with an appropriate gender of your comfort level; we are not judgmental of race, sex, age, sexual or gender preference or alternative lifestyles…
We are adults and professionals.
Will the case become a case about you, your sex life, how you dressed, how many sexual partners you have had?
No, you should simply put those issues or questions aside. They have no bearing upon your legal right to have personal safety and personal choice.
Most acts of sexual molestation and violence are about control and domination and the sex is a by-product or expression of that sick and twisted personality. The idea that you consented is not your concern at this time, let a personal injury lawyer know about your concerns and let him/her evaluate it.
Alcohol, drug use, drug abuse, psychiatric history, a criminal record, false information, past claims of sexual harassment and other things such as STD’s, are all items that you must be sure to disclose to the personal injury lawyer you choose to consult with in your interview.
When you attend the interview with the personal injury lawyer, you have an attorney-client privilege about such matters, even if you do not retain the lawyer or law firm.
So, feel free to discuss these past relevant topics with your attorney, because everything that you discuss with him or her will be confidential and must stay inside those four walls.
As the former chairperson of the Florida Bar Crime Victims Rights Committee Public Law Interest Section, I can tell you that these lawsuits have created benefit to others who have been similarly subject to abuse, sexual assault or harassment.
Others have been encouraged to come forward, to express their emotions, get treatment and attention, and to bring additional claims; companies have disciplined or dismissed officers and employees as a result of well founded serious allegations; extra security has been added to hotels, bars, hospital parking lots.
Hotels, Bars, Amusement Attractions, Chain Stores, Supermarkets and other premises and retail establishments owe a duty of reasonable care to their patrons and customers.
These duties and responsibilities include taking reasonable steps to protect your personal safety.
Sexual Assault Lawsuits and Child Molestation cases often involve very close friends and family members, clergy, counselors teachers, religious community figures, and/or psychiatrists. Massage therapists, bartenders, and all manner and types of persons and occupations may also be involved, and the legal responsibility of each company for the actions of their provided personnel or services may vary widely.
Furthermore, there may be complicated issues which do not make common sense, about independent contractors, employees, subcontractors, management agreements, and a variety of assorted issues.
The bottom line is that sexual assault and molestation lawsuits are obviously emotional, very fact-based, and have twists, turns and legal issues that most of the public do not see happening behind the scenes.
As such, these cases require a skilled and experienced attorney to obtain the best possible result. An early free legal consultation is a wise choice.