Were you or a loved one the victim of sexual assault in an athletic, school, medical, employment or organizational type setting?
Over the past few years, news of sexual assaults have been at the forefront of many industries.
In the movie industry, multiple women have accused sexual wrongdoing at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and others.
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar was recently sentenced to prison after assaulting more than 250 young women. MSU has reached a $500 million settlement to cover those abused by him, which money also covers women assaulted by Nassar who have not yet come forward.
Dr. George Tyndall, a former USC gynecologist, was accused by more than 50 women of using his position to sexually assault his patients. Many more women are thought to have been abused by Tyndall, who examined more than 20,000 patients during his time at USC.
It was also recently revealed that almost 8,000 boy scout volunteers were accused of sexually abusing children over about 70 years amounting to more than 12,000 victims, according to The New York Times.
Fortunately, many states have recently expanded the statute of limitations giving victims more time to seek just against their perpetrators, while other states work to do the same.
If you were a victim of sexual assault even if it was years ago, you may qualify to join this sexual assault lawsuit investigation.
See if you qualify for a free case evaluation with a sexual assault attorney by filling out the free form on this page.
What is Sexual Assault?
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) defines sexual assault as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.”
This includes attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching, forced sexual acts, coercion, and more. Other sources include sexual harassment in the sexual assault definition.
Sexual assault is a prevalent problem in America, particularly among college-aged women. According to an article by the Huffington Post on sexual assault statistics, “female college students ages 18-24 are three times more likely than women in the general population to experience sexual violence”.
Although sexual assault is often portrayed in the media as random acts of violence, 7 in 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.
Sexual assault statistics show that victims are often targeted in work, athletics, medical settings, and academic settings.
What are Some Recent Sexual Assault Allegations?
In recent years, the systemic sexual assault that has taken place over a period of decades has started to come to light. This includes abuse against children in the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, in schools, colleges, and other places where children were under the care of those whom people parents thought they could trust.
The University of Southern California (USC) was hit with multiple sexual assault lawsuits alleging that former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall repeatedly sexually assaulted patients, despite complaints made by medical staff and patients. Multiple USC students have filed sexual assault lawsuits against Tyndall and USC, alleging that he used his position to sexually assault female students.
Those USC lawsuits have resulted in a $215 million settlement with the university.
It was recently revealed by a report from The New York Times that almost 8,000 Boy Scout volunteers sexually abused children in their care between 1944 and 2016. The total number of victims during that time period was 12,254.
Boy Scout sexual abusers have also been named in lawsuits that have been filed by victims of such abuse.
In addition to the stories of sexual assault at universities such as USC and MSU, there has also been an increase in sexual assault lawsuits filed against elementary schools and secondary schools alleging that children were sexually abused at school by teachers and peers.
Parents allege that the schools were obligated to keep their children safe from such harm.
Join a Sexual Assault Lawsuit Investigation
If you or your child was the victim of sexual assault at school, in athletic teams, medical settings, workplaces, and organizations such as the Boy Scouts, you may be entitled to compensation even if the assault happened years ago.
Many perpetrators of sexual assault are not held criminally accountable by the systems in place. A civil lawsuit, however, against the perpetrators and those who allowed their criminal behavior can lead to future changes and also help compensate those who were harmed.
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