One of the most emotional situations we encounter is sexual assault claims. Sexual assault victims often feel like they have nowhere to turn for help, and no way to hold the perpetrator responsible. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), only 5 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults results in a felony conviction. That is a staggeringly low percentage. Many victims are afraid to go to the police, or, victims do go to the police but the case fizzles out. That is not to blame law enforcement, because sexual assault claims are notoriously difficult from an evidentiary standpoint. The incident often only involves two people — the victim and the perpetrator.
Though there is no way to truly be made whole after a sexual assault, we can help. We can do a thorough and independent investigation to determine whether someone, or some entity, is legally responsible. We do not have the unilateral authority to put someone in prison, but we can get compensation for the victim, and some measure of accountability.
Sexual assault claims are not just difficult from a proof perspective, the insurance coverage can also be tricky. Sexual assault perpetrators often have little or no assets, and to recover requires identifying and triggering insurance coverage. Insurance coverages typically contain intentional act and/or criminal exclusions that make recovery difficult, but and experienced attorney can potentially find ways around exclusions.
If you have been affected by a sexual assault and are interested in discussing a potential civil claim, call us at Duckworth Law Office. We offer a personal and thoughtful approach. Call us today.