At Ashby Thelen Lowry, our Georgia personal injury attorneys know in cases of rape and sexual assaults on public or private property, liability can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the incident and the property owner’s duty of care.
Individuals who commit sexual assaults may face criminal charges and civil lawsuits filed by the victims seeking compensation for damages. However, liability may extend to the perpetrator and other parties who may be held responsible for their negligence under premises liability laws.
Here, we discuss potential parties that may share liability after a rape or sexual assault occurs.
Which Parties Can Be Pursued for Sexual Assaults on Their Properties in Georgia?
It is important to note that each case of sexual assault is unique, and liability will depend on the specific facts and circumstances involved. Victims of sexual assault in Georgia are encouraged to seek support from law enforcement, victim advocacy organizations, and legal professionals who can provide guidance on their rights and options for seeking justice and compensation.
That may include pursuing:
- Property Owners
Property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises and protect visitors from foreseeable harm, including the risk of criminal acts like sexual assaults. If a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual assaults on their property, they may be held liable for negligence under premises liability laws. This could include cases where the property owner knew or should have known about the risk of sexual assaults on their property but failed to implement adequate security measures or warnings to protect visitors.
In cases where sexual assaults occur in the workplace or during employment, employers may be held liable for failing to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Employers have a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, including implementing anti-harassment policies, providing training to employees, and promptly investigating and addressing misconduct complaints.
- Third Parties
In some cases, liability for sexual assaults may extend to third parties who contributed to the incident through actions or omissions. This could include entities like security companies or event organizers responsible for security at the location where the assault occurred.
If you have been sexually assaulted on public or private property in Georgia, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers and support team at Ashby Thelen Lowry today at (404) 777-7771 to schedule a free consultation to ensure your rights are protected so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your claim.