Sexual Assault Lawsuit: Who’s Affected?
- Were you or a loved one sexually assaulted in an athletic, school, religious, medical, employment, camp, or organization setting?
- Do you live in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania?
- You may be eligible to file a sexual assault lawsuit. Fill out the form on this page for a free claim review.
Over the past few years, news of pervasive issues with sexual abuse and assault has been at the forefront of many industries.
In the movie industry, multiple women have raised accusations of sexual misconduct at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and others.
Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University (MSU) 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 Nassar, which also covers women assaulted by Nassar who have not yet come forward. Another Michigan school, the University of Michigan, has also been the center of a recent sexual abuse scandal with a slew of reports about a former doctor who allegedly abused male students on U of M sports teams.
Dr. George Tyndall, a former University of Southern California (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.
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.
What is Sexual Assault?
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, 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 the United States and across the globe, affecting all genders and age groups, but particularly among college-aged women. According to RAINN, “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, per RAINN.
Sexual assault statistics show people are often targeted in work, athletic, medical, and academic settings, where they have some measure of authority over their victims.
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What Are Some Recent Sexual Assault Allegations?
The systemic sexual assault that has taken place over a period of decades in multiple organizations and industries has, in recent years, finally started to come to light. This includes abuse against children in the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools, colleges, and other places where children were under the care of those whom parents thought they could trust.
USC was hit with multiple sexual assault lawsuits alleging that former USC gynecologist 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 he used his position to sexually assault female students.
Those USC lawsuits have resulted in a $215 million settlement with the university.
A report by The New York Times revealed almost 8,000 Boy Scout volunteers sexually abused children in their care over the course of about 70 years, between 1944 and 2016. The total number of children that were reportedly abused during that period was 12,254.
Boy Scout sexual abusers have also been named in lawsuits filed by those who were abused.
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 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.
Both private and public schools have been named in sexual abuse and assault lawsuits, along with a number of religious organizations—not just the Catholic Church, which has been the center of the religious sex abuse scandal, but many other religious institutions as well.
How Can You Get Help?
If you or a loved one have been sexually assaulted, there are various avenues available for you to seek help. If you are interested in starting a sexual assault lawsuit, you may be able to reach out to a lawyer to seek financial compensation for the suffering you have endured. Of course, filing a lawsuit cannot take away the pain caused by abuse, but it can at least help to hold those responsible, including the perpetrator and any organization that allowed the abuse, accountable for their actions and inactions.
A number of states, including New York and California, have recently adjusted their sexual abuse laws and expanded their statutes of limitations, giving survivors more time to file their claims. Some states have added look-back windows to allow survivors of past abuse to pursue claims in cases for which the statute of limitations would otherwise have expired.
The attorneys that work with Top Class Actions are highly experienced in filing a range of class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits and are here to determine what course of action best suits your needs. Fill out the form on this page for a free consultation with a legal professional.
What Sexual Assault Lawsuit Compensation Could You Receive?
If you faced sexual assault, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the physical and emotional damages caused by the abuse.
The exact sexual assault lawsuit compensation depends on the nature of your case, and it is best to discuss the details regarding compensation with a qualified sexual assault attorney.
Join a Sexual Assault Lawsuit Investigation
If you or your child were sexually assaulted at school, during camp, in athletic teams, medical settings, workplaces, by clergy, or within a religious institution or within an organization such as the YMCA, and the abuse took place in California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania, 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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