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Sexual Assault Class Action Lawyer

Miami-Dade County, Florida

According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

If you’re uncertain whether you have a sexual assault class action claim, it’s important to speak with a attorney that is well versed in this area of practice. Click the link below to schedule a 100% free, confidential consultation with one of our skilled sexual assault class action attorneys today.

According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.

If you’re uncertain whether you have a sexual assault class action claim, it’s important to speak with a attorney that is well versed in this area of practice. Click the link below to schedule a 100% free, confidential consultation with one of our skilled sexual assault class action attorneys today.

What Is a Sexual Assault Class Action Lawsuit?

When multiple victims of sexual crimes come together with lawyers to sue the accused, they have two options. They can either form a team or hire one attorney to seek justice.

 Everyone can join the lawsuit by speaking out. This will ensure that we hold the defendant accountable for their actions.

The lawsuit is seeking justice for all victims of sex crimes. Some of these class action lawsuits are for sexual harassment while others are for sexual relations that were nonconsensual. With more victims rising up to give evidence, the claim will have greater strength.

Who is Liable in a Sexual Assault Case?

In a sexual assault case, the following people can be held liable for your attack:

  • Perpetrator of the assault

  • Property owner for inadequate security that caused the attack

  • Supervisory personnel for failing to take action or discipline the offender

  • Government entity if the perpetrator was a police officer or public official

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How can a Class Action Lawsuit Help Me?

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Class actions streamline the legal process, making the lawsuit more efficient than if individual plaintiffs went to trial.

The cost of the lawsuit is spread out among the plaintiffs. There are no attorney fees paid upfront, and if the case is successful, the attorney is paid out of the recoveries. In some cases, the defendant is required to pay the attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.

In each class action, the members of the class are represented by class representatives, one or more people who serve as the public face of the class action. The class representative plays an active role in the case and acts as the voice for the entire group. This allows the other class members to play a passive role in the case and wait for the outcome of the proceedings.

Class action lawsuits are especially beneficial in cases where the damages are minor, and the cost of hiring an attorney and going to court individually would be too high. A class action allows you to hold a dishonest company accountable and seek fairness. It also ensures that you receive the same judgment and payment as others in the class.

Ultimately, a class action involves one lawsuit, one court, and a single decision. This makes getting justice much more attainable and far less stressful for people who would normally not have the resources or time to file an individual lawsuit against a large company that has wronged them.

What if someone from a college, university, association, or religious institution sexually assaulted me?

If you endured sexual abuse or sexual harassment on a college campus, you have several options for taking action to ensure your attacker is brought to justice. First, you can report the incident to campus officials.

Your university’s policy on campus sexual violence will determine how they handle the incident You might be required to present your case to the school board through a procedure referred to as campus adjudication (judgment disagreement)

Colleges must ensure that all students receive equal education. This includes students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. The U.S Department of Education requires colleges to provide this guarantee.

This provision is part of your civil rights under Title IX. This also means responding to reports of sexual misconduct. If your school fails to handle or mismanages your report, they face liability for the assault.

Reporting to your school is not a replacement for filing a report with the criminal justice system, however. Only law enforcement can do this. They will only do it if you report the sexual assault to the police.

Reporting the incident is difficult, especially considering what you have gone through. However, it is crucial for taking legal action against the person who caused you harm. It may also prove crucial if you pursue them in a civil suit.

If you decide to act against the perpetrator, or find reason to act against the school, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for damages. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and will build a strong foundation for your case. 

How Common is Sexual Assault on College Campuses? 

Researchers found that reports of sexual assault indicate that one in 5 women and one in 16 men experience sexual assault when in college. About 66% of students face sexual harassment on campus but only around 10% report it to the university or staff.

 

The Association of American Universities conducted a survey on sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses. As part of the survey, 181,752 students surveyed participated from 33 different colleges and universities. Data showed that 13% of students experienced non-consensual sexual acts, either due to force or an inability to consent. Female, transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary students had higher rates. 

 

Only 20% of female students report their unwanted sexual encounters to the police. Therefore, the 13% rate is lower than the actual number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Why File a Civil Claim Against a College, University, Association, or Religious Institution? 

Many sexual assault and rape cases are reported, but just as many go unreported, and this happens for the same reason: very rarely are the perpetrators adequately punished, if punished at all. Police officers are sometimes inefficient or lazy and do not process rape kits or bring suspects in for questioning.

 

If a case goes to trial, it is not guaranteed that the party's guilt can be proven without sufficient evidence. This is because many sexual assaults happen in private, making it a situation where one person's word is pitted against another's. Since many sexual assaults occur privately, it often becomes a matter of one person's word against another's. Further, many victims of student sex abuse who have been traumatized do not want to relive the event and opt to try to move on.

 

This should not be the standard practice. Criminal cases hold heavier consequences than civil claims; defendants must be shown to be guilty beyond any doubt, or they will not be punished. Their punishment does include jail time, but because of how serious it is, it should be clearly visible that the defendant did, in fact, commit the crime.  

 

Civil cases do not carry the option of jail time; accordingly, they do not require the same level of doubt to be erased. It is easier to win a civil case for sexual assault or rape than it is to win a criminal case.

 

Civil claims only allow you to collect monetary compensation for damages you have sustained in injuries. A qualified attorney with expertise in campus injury lawsuits can help earn you a settlement. These damages include:

  • Medical Costs: If an injury forced you to require medical treatment, the costs can be reimbursed; also, if there is a need for future medical treatments, those expenses can also be covered. Some medical expenses include surgery, hospitalization, medication, ambulance transportation, and physical therapy.

  • Lost Wages: If you were forced to take off work because of an injury, whether to recover or otherwise, you can be reimbursed for those lost hours and wages. As with medical expenses, you can also recover future costs.

  • Pain and Suffering: These non-economic damages are considered to be emotional trauma and cannot be quantified by a dollar amount. They are determined by a jury or a negotiation, and the expenses are awarded accordingly. You can receive compensation for PTSD, fear, anxiety, mental scarring, emotional damage, and psychological troubles resulting from a sexual assault.

  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages exist to punish the defendant for their actions. They are awarded in cases of gross negligence or an intention to commit harm. A rapist or sex offender can be hit with these damages, which are essentially large sums of money in additional restitution. 

  • However, a jury may not believe these damages are necessary, as the defendant is already being made to pay other expenses. Only a skilled sexual assault attorney who has experience such claims can successfully argue for punitive damages.

Do not merely question, “Can you sue a community college?” Yes, you could sue a university for an incident that occurred on campus, especially if the incident occurred due to the negligence of the university.

Examples of Sexual Assault Class Action Cases 

Michigan State University- Larry Nassar's victims are set to receive a compensation of $500 million from Michigan State University - the institution where Nassar served as a sports physician from 1997 to 2016.

 

It was shown that Michigan State knew or should have known and allowed Mr. Nassar to continue his abuse over the years. Mr. Nassar received a prison sentence exceeding 100 years for the abuse of more than 300 young female gymnasts, with over 30 of these cases occurring at Michigan State University.. Read more about the Michigan State University settlement here!

New York Knicks - Ms. Browne Sanders, a former employee of the NBA team, the New York Knicks, received a sum of $11.5 million. The payment was made in response to her dismissal from the team after she reported instances of sexual harassment. The misconduct was attributed to Isiah Thomas, who served as the team's President of Basketball Operations at the time. Read more about the Knicks settlement here!

 

University of California – Seven patients of Dr. James Heaps accused him of sexual assault between 1983 and 2018 when he worked at the UCLA Student Health Center and UCLA Medical Center, accusations include inappropriate sexual comments, inappropriate touching during the course of the examinations and using a medical device to simulate intercourse during the examination process. Read more about the $73 million settlement here!

Harvey Weinstein, renowned film executive and producer, came under scrutiny after he was accused by numerous actresses - over 87 - of inappropriate behavior. This led to several lawsuits directed at both Mr. Weinstein and his firm, The Weinstein Company. Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape and handed a sentence exceeding 23 years. Given his current age, this is effectively a life term.. Read more about the Weinstein settlement here!

Horace Mann –A lawsuit was filed by former students of the esteemed Horace Mann school in Riverdale, New York, alleging sexual assault. Sadly, a victim of the assault tragically committed suicide in 2009 as a result of the enduring trauma from the incident. Since then, more than 60 additional students have come forward. Read more about the Horace Mann School Sexual Assault case here!

Jeffrey Epstein – Mr. Epstein was a financial advisor to corporations and billionaires all over the world. His advice is said to have helped individuals and corporations save millions, if not billions in taxes. When Mr. Epstein died by suicide, he had a net worth of over $500 million and owned properties in New York City, Paris, Palm Beach, FL, and two islands near St. Thomas.

He is accused of sexual assault and abuse of dozens of young women. Since his death, the money from his estate has been placed in a special fund for the victims of his sexual assault. Read more about Jeffrey Epstein here!

At The G Law Group, our clients' well-being is our top priority. Specializing in cases involving sexual assault class action suits, our law firm provides comprehensive support for victims and their family members - often under the age of 18 or college students - as they navigate the aftermath of unwanted sexual activity, sexual harassment, or completed rapes.

Understanding the significant long-term consequences faced by assault victims, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, we take decisive legal action. Our experience extends to high-profile action cases, like those against large institutions including Michigan State University.

Whether representing a larger group in a class action lawsuit or an individual victim, our class representatives are committed to amplifying the collective voice of victims, ensuring their stories are heard, and justice served.

In addition to our specialty in cases involving sexual assault, we also offer support for personal injury matters. Trust The G Law Group to guide you through the complex legal process, fighting to secure the compensation you deserve.

We put our clients first, and that means more than just being attentive and providing personalized legal services. Our attorneys are deeply committed to making sure that our clients obtain all the social, public, psychological, medical, and legal assistance they need to make a healthy recover

If you've been a victim of sexual assault and need legal support, call (305) 486-7468 or click the link below for a confidential, free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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