Atlanta Sexual Assault Attorneys
Experienced civil rights advocacy for victims of sexual assaults in Georgia
Sexual assault is a violation of your rights. Whether the sexual assault occurs at work, at school, or anywhere else, the people who commit and allow sexual assaults should be held accountable both criminally and civilly. One of the strongest ways to stop sexual assault is to obtain the largest verdict or settlement possible – to send a financial message that failing to protect employees and others from acts of sexual violence will never be tolerated.
At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, our Atlanta attorneys begin by reviewing your physical and emotional well-being. We work with doctors and psychologists to help ensure your health needs are being addressed. Our Atlanta sexual assault lawyers also work with the police if criminal charges are filed. We then proceed thoroughly and aggressively to hold employers and other responsible parties accountable civilly for the unconscionable harm that sexual assault causes.
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How can we help?
- How often does sexual assault occur in the workplace?
- What types of conduct qualify as sexual assault?
- How long do I have to file a sexual assault claim in Georgia?
- Who may be liable in a Georgia sexual assault case?
- What remedies and damages can sexual assault victims seek?
- Do you have a sexual assault attorney near me?
How often does sexual assault occur in the workplace?
An article published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine in 2019 reported the following:
In the U.S., 5.6% of women (almost 7 million) and 2.5% of men (nearly 3 million) reported some type of sexual violence by a workplace-related perpetrator…. For women, the most commonly reported sexual violence type was unwanted sexual contact (3.5% of women); for men, it was noncontact unwanted sexual experiences (1.3% of men). An estimated 1 million women (0.8%) have been raped by a workplace-related perpetrator. For women and men, fear was the most commonly reported impact of workplace-related sexual violence.
Sexual harassment and sexual assault can happen to women, men, and to members of the LBGTQIA community as well. According to Psychcentral.com, “Workplace sexual harassment often involves people with more power assaulting colleagues with less status, but it doesn’t always happen this way. Even when someone with less power harasses someone with more, the wish to have power over another is often a key reason.”
What types of conduct qualify as sexual assault?
Sexual violence “refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the victim's age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the victim from having the capacity to give consent).
Sexual assault includes rape, sexual abuse, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), sexual assault also includes:
- Attempted rape
- Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
- Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
- Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
How long do I have to file a sexual assault claim in Georgia?
Sexual assault is illegal in Georgia. Along with criminal penalties, abusers and perpetrators can also face civil liability. If you are a victim of sexual assault or violence, you generally have two years from the date of the incident to file a civil lawsuit.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault in Georgia, we can help.
Who may be liable in a Georgia sexual assault case?
Aside from the perpetrator, there may be multiple parties who are liable for any injuries and losses you sustain, including:
- Your employer/supervisor(s)
- Property owners, operators, and/or managers
- Mandated reporters who failed in their duty
- Schools and/or school districts
- Colleges and/or universities
- Other applicable third parties
What remedies and damages can sexual assault victims seek?
Our Atlanta sexual assault attorneys demand the following types of compensation on behalf of survivors:
- Payment for all your medical bills, including emergency care, surgeries, doctor visits, psychological care, medication, and other health care. Many sexual assault victims live with a lifetime of anxiety, depression, and emotional harm due to sexual assaults.
- All lost wages and benefits
- Your physical pain and emotional suffering
- Any statutory damages
- Punitive damages (when and where applicable)
When sexual assault occurs in the workplace, and the employer engages in the assault or fails to take reasonable steps to prevent or stop the sexual assault, you have options. Along with the damage above, our attorneys also seek to require that your employer institute policies to ensure the other workers are not sexually assaulted or sexually harassed at work.
Do you have a sexual assault attorney near me?
Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP is located at 600 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 3900, in Atlanta. We also conduct phone and video consultations by appointment. Our lawyers proudly serve clients throughout Georgia, including in Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, and Savannah.
Contact our Atlanta sexual assault attorneys now
A sexual assault means that you’ve been violated – physically, sexually, and emotionally. We understand how traumatic sexual assault is. We’ll guide you calmly and clearly through your claims process, helping ensure you obtain the medical care you need, and fighting aggressively to hold your employer and the other responsible parties accountable. Don't delay. Call the experienced Atlanta lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP today. Call us or contact us today.