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Florida Attorneys Assisting the Victims of Forcible Rape

Few crimes are more horrific than forcible rape. The criminal justice system has steps in place to ensure that those who commit such an act are brought to justice. While the criminal system is rightly focused on punishing the wrongdoer, the civil justice system allows for the victims of such a crime to recover damages. While these damages cannot undo the wrong that has been done, they can assist the victim with moving forward. If you have been the victim of rape, contact our office today to speak with a Florida forcible rape attorney.

Rape Victims May Be Able to Sue Parties Other Than the Perpetrator

When one has been the victim of rape or sexual assault, it goes without saying that one can bring a lawsuit against the perpetrator. It is quite possible, however, that the individual will be uncollectible. This would mean that the survivor would likely not recover the money they are owed. It may be possible, however, to name other defendants whose negligence created a dangerous situation which, in turn, allowed the crime to occur. Situations in which a third party may bear responsibility for rape can include:

  • Rental property managers who fail to maintain adequate security – The managers of rental housing have a responsibility to ensure that the homes are reasonably safe. This can include, for example, the requirement to provide locking windows, functional door locks, and adequate security for the common areas of an apartment complex. If a property owner is negligent in regard to security, then they may be liable if rape occurs as a result.
  • Bar and restaurant owners who fail to monitor their establishment – It is not uncommon for a victim to be taken advantage of after leaving a bar or a restaurant. If the owner or an employee of the establishment has reason to believe that an individual has drugged, or is attempting to follow, a patron then they may face liability if they do not properly report and respond to such conduct. Additionally, if the employees themselves rape a patron, there are many instances where their employer could face liability.
  • Cruise ships or vacation settings that do not provide adequate security – The owners and managers of cruise ships, hotels, or other vacation settings have a responsibility to keep vacationers safe. If they fail to provide proper security, or to otherwise properly police their premises, then they may be found as having contributed to a rape that occurs.
  • Spas and Massage Parlors – The owners must take reasonable measures to properly screen and supervise masseuses and those who provide massage services to clients and if they fail to do so and a client is raped, the employer may be liable. 

The question of whether a third party is responsible for rape can involve complicated legal issues. To understand whether you have a claim against a third party it is important to discuss your situation with a lawyer.

Contact Our Florida Forcible Rape Attorneys If You Have Been Raped

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you have been through a horrible event. While some lawyers devote their practice to protecting the rights of criminals, we believe in standing up for the rights of victims. Our Florida forcible rape attorneys are here for you in this time of need, and we will make your case a priority. Contact us online, by email at lewisteam@searcylaw.com or by telephone at 800-780-8607. Call today for an initial consultation.

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