Sexual assault is a particularly upsetting claim. More often than not, the victim is a minor, and the perpetrator is usually an adult, but not necessarily; such as when a victim is assaulted when a minor perpetrator is being supervised (often in a school setting). It's important to remember that minors cannot consent to sex, so the act may always be looked at as an assault, and a viable claim for damages may be pursued. The victim in such a case, will not only sustain physical injuries of varying degrees, but often significant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with potentially a lifetime of treatment.
It is important to remember that there may be both a civil claim (for monetary damages), and a criminal case against the perpetrator, and potentially others. However, keep in mind that even if the defendant is found not guilty at the criminal trial, such an outcome in now way precludes the civil claim, as these are two separate causes of action, with different standards of proof.
Attorney Roger Gelb has vast experience successfully handling sexual assault claims against both private entities and local jurisdictions. Please call attorney Roger Gelb right away.