Sexual assault is a violent crime that often leaves victims with long lasting physical injuries and emotional trauma. Although some offenders may ultimately be brought to justice, victims still face significant medical expenses, and ongoing pain and suffering long after an attack. In addition to criminal charges, however, a civil lawsuit can also be brought against a perpetrator as well as third parties.
The law office of Michael LoGiudice is committed to helping sexual assault victims recover compensation for the harm they have suffered. While prosecutors are responsible for bringing criminal charges against those who commit sex crimes, we will be by your side on the long road to recovery.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any form of nonconsensual or forced sexual contact with another person, including but not limited to:
- Rape or attempted rape
- Child sexual abuse
- Improper touching
- Sexual harassment
While a sexual assault can come at the hands of a stranger, the majority of these crimes are committed by someone the victim knows such as a friend, co-worker, teacher, coach, family member, neighbor, intimate partner, or acquaintance.
The Grim Statistics on Sexual Assault
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds in the U.S. Each year, more than 300,000 Americans over the age of 12 are victims of sexual assault or rape. In particular, 44 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18, and 80 percent are under the age of 30.
Moreover, one out of six women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape during her lifetime. However, men can also be victims of sexual assault, and about 3 percent of men have been victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Lastly, children are especially vulnerable: 60,000 children are sexually abused every year; about one in four girls and one in ten boys are sexually assaulted before they turn 18.
Statistics provided by RAINN also indicate the locations where sexual assaults occur:
- 55 percent at or near the victim’s home
- 15 percent in an open, public space
- 12 percent at or near a relative’s home
- 10 percent in an enclosed public space (a parking lot or garage)
- 8 percent on school property
Dedicated Sexual Assault Injury Attorney
At the law office of Michael LoGiudice, we know that survivors of sexual assault may be afraid and not know where to turn. If you were the victim of sexual violence, immediately call the police and seek medical treatment. Although sexual assault is a criminal offense, the sad fact remains that many perpetrators are never convicted. According to RAINN, only 6 out of 1,000 rapists go to prison.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that you still have powerful legal recourse even if your attacker is not convicted or does not go to trial. By filing a civil lawsuit, you may be able to obtain the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances, it may also be possible to bring a lawsuit against a third party, such as a business, school, government agency or other entity for failing to provide adequate security.
While each case in unique, you may be entitled to damages for past and future medical expenses, costs of psychological counseling, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted, you should not have to bear the burden alone. We will offer you compassion and knowledge and fight for your right to just compensation. Fill out a contact form or call our office today for a free consultation.
The law office of Michael LoGiudice serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.