Understanding Liability in Sexual Assault Cases
Sexual assault is a heinous crime that can cause long-lasting physical, emotional, and psychological damage to the victim. It is not only the perpetrator who can be held liable for the crime but also third parties who may have contributed to or failed to prevent the assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, it is essential to understand who can be held liable for the crime and how to pursue legal action against them.
Here are some essential things to know about holding third parties liable in a sexual assault case:
Property Owners or Managers
Property owners or managers can be held liable if the assault occurred on their premises. If they were aware of the risk of sexual assault on their property but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it, they could be held accountable. This includes providing adequate lighting, security cameras, and security personnel.
Employers can also be held liable for sexual assault committed by their employees. If the employee acted within the scope of their employment or used company resources at the time of the assault, the employer can be held responsible. Employers are expected to and provide adequate training to prevent sexual assault in the workplace.
Schools and Universities
Schools and universities can be held liable for sexual assault committed on their campuses. If they were aware of the risk of sexual assault but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it, they can be held accountable. This includes providing adequate education on sexual assault prevention, implementing safety measures, and conducting thorough investigations of reported incidents.
Third-party Contractors or Vendors
Third-party contractors or vendors can also be held liable if they contributed to the assault or failed to prevent it. For example, if a security company cannot provide adequate security at an event where the assault occurred, they can be held responsible.
Get Legal Help After Sexual Assault
It is important to note that holding third parties liable in a sexual assault case can be a complex legal process. It is advisable to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in sexual assault cases.
If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C.can help you seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable. Our team of experienced attorneys has successfully represented numerous clients in sexual assault cases, and we are committed to fighting for your rights.
Contact us today at (800) 477-2989 for a free consultation.