Chester Sexual Assault Attorneys Fight for Justice

New York lawyers help sexual assault and sexual harassment victims

There is probably no more humiliating and degrading experience than sexual assault, abuse or harassment. In all such cases, an abuser violates a victim’s most private nature causing pain, trauma and lasting emotional harm. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, abuse or harassment, you deserve justice, which can include monetary damages. A Chester sexual assault attorney at Meth Law Offices, PC can help you recover compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills and lost income, as well as your pain and suffering. If you have suffered unlawful and humiliating abuse, our compassionate lawyers provide professional legal assistance as we fight for justice on your behalf.

How common are sexual assault and sexual harassment?

Sexual assault can occur almost anywhere, even in places like hospitals and nursing homes, where security should be primary concerns. College campuses are regarded as high-risk areas, because large numbers of young women are present. According to the New York State Department of Health, one in five women and one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college. More than 40 percent of college women experience violent dating behavior, including physical, verbal and sexual assault.

Sexual harassment is also a widespread problem. In the last decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fielded between 6,600 and 8,000 sexual harassment complaints annually. Each year, the total victims received anywhere from $35 million to $68 million in monetary benefits, which does not include damages recovered in lawsuits.

Sexual harassment is often considered a form of bullying, but there are important differences, especially in the legal rights of the victims. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws sexual harassment as a type of discrimination in the workplace, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 outlaws sexual harassment in college settings. These laws provide victims of sexual harassment with statutory rights that victims of bullying do not have.

Effects of sexual assault and harassment on victims

Both Sexual assault and sexual harassment can have painful and lasting consequences for the victims, such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness, agitation and anxiety
  • Stress-related health problems
  • Inability to focus on work tasks

Even after the abuse ends, victims who remain silent carry emotional scars with them. Often, the only way to heal is to seek justice against the abuser.

The process of seeking justice for sexual assault or harassment

Victims of sexual assault should press criminal charges against the assailant. They can also sue for personal injury. In many cases, a victim can also sue an institution for negligence. For example, if a school, hospital or nursing home employs someone they should have known was a danger, the institution could be liable for that employee’s actions.

Victims of sexual harassment on the job can file a complaint with the EEOC, while victims in a college setting can file with a claim with the U.S. Department of Education. Victims can also file a lawsuit in state or federal court.

However, victims must be aware of statutory deadlines for administrative claims, as well as statutes of limitations. For example, New York allows five years for victims of sexual assault to file a lawsuit. The period begins on the date of the assault or, for minor victims, on the victim’s 18th birthday. When you seek our help, we will provide the prompt and professional counsel you deserve by holding your abuser accountable through the civil court system.

Contact a Chester, New York sexual assault lawyer for a free initial consultation

Meth Law Offices, PC represents victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse in the Chester area. To schedule a free initial consultation with a discreet and professional personal injury attorney, please call 845-610-6595 or contact us online. Our office is located at 10 Moffatt Lane, just off U.S. 6.