We are approaching a time when survivors can speak out without fear of punishment or being silenced. When so much is at stake, it’s critical that those who have experienced sexual abuse, assault, or harassment understand their legal rights.
Is it Possible to Sue for Sexual Assault?
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. Whether or not the criminal justice system fails to put perpetrators behind bars, survivors may be able to file a lawsuit in civil court to pursue justice. Sexual abuse leaves lasting emotional, physical, and even financial scars on victims. Aside from causing emotional trauma, abuse and sexual harassment can impact a victim’s life, well-being, career, and financial stability.
While there is no legal cause of action for sexual assault per se, it may be actionable under another tort, such as:
- Assault and battery
- False imprisonment
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress
- Negligent infliction of emotional distress – a potential cause of action against witnesses
In some cases, other parties such as organizations that failed to take appropriate action may also be responsible for the assault and the suffering it causes. A future post will cover third-party claims.
Call us today at (888) 306-4228 for a free, confidential consultation if you would like to know more about your rights as a survivor of sexual assault.