Sexual Assault Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Sexual assault is defined as rape, attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching, forced sexual acts, or other forms of non-consensual touching. Sexual assault isn’t just rape. The Department of Justice recently updated its definition of rape to include “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without consent of the victim.” The updated definition of rape expands the definition of rape to include victims of both genders, and introduces the concept of consent. What is consent? According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, RAINN, “consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.” While consent doesn’t always have to be verbal, verbal agreement can prevent misunderstandings. Basically, consent comes down to communication. Pressuring a person into a sexual act through intimidation, or attempting to have sex with someone who cannot make decisions because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or after they have said “no” is sexual assault.
If you or someone you love has suffered sexual assault, and has suffered from physical, emotional, and psychological distress as a result of the sexual assault, you and your family might be entitled to seek damages from the perpetrator or from parties that may have permitted the act to occur or continue. For example, a victim of sexual assault might be able to seek damages from a perpetrator, but also may be able to seek damages from a school, employer, or other party that was aware of the sexual assault, or was aware of a pattern of sexual violence, and refused to take action. Individuals have brought lawsuits against employers who failed to take action when managers or other leaders in a company engaged in sexual assault. In some cases, employers or companies might have even tried to silence or cover up patterns of sexual assault of sexual violence when they were perpetrated by people of power in an organization. In other instances, individuals have brought forth lawsuits against universities and schools when administrators and other departments in a school failed to take action where there were known patterns of sexual violence and sexual assault. For example, some individual students have sought damages against university and college officials for failing to take action when they reported sexual assault and sexual violence on campus. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a sexual assault law firm in Houston, Texas that may be able to assist you and your family if you have suffered because an individual committed an act of sexual violence, or because an institution failed to take action when sexual assault was reported.
Sexual Assault on Campus Lawsuits
According to the Office on Women’s Health, one in five women in college experience rape or sexual assault. Sexual assault on college campuses often involves alcohol or drugs, and peer pressure may put women and men in situations where they may feel coerced into engaging in sexual behavior where they might not be comfortable. In many cases, individuals might not report sexual assault on campus, either because they are not aware that what happened is assault, or they are afraid. Sometimes when individuals do report their assaults on campus, administrators fail to take action to protect them. Furthermore, colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide due process for those accused of sexual assault and rape. In some instances, colleges and universities failed to provide victims with the help they needed, or failed to protect victims from assailants, and in other cases, colleges and universities sometimes failed to provide the accused with due process, which damaged these students’ college careers and future career prospects. If you believe a college or university mishandled your sexual assault report or if you were wrongly accused of sexual assault on campus and suffered consequences without due process, you may have certain rights, and may even have the right to pursue a lawsuit. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a sexual assault law firm in Houston, Texas who works sexual assault victims and their families to assist them in seeking justice for their losses.
Sexual Assault in the Workplace
Workplace sexual assault and harassment has become the subject of national discussion in recent months and weeks. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, anywhere between a quarter to one in ten women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Women who suffer sexual assault in the workplace may experience psychological and emotional symptoms, may suffer from physical health problems, and may ultimately earn less money over their careers due to lost work opportunities. Many companies and workplaces have come under fire for failing to take action when workers reported sexual assault and sexual harassment. If you or someone you love suffered sexual harassment or sexual assault on the job, you might be entitled to pursue a lawsuit against your employer or company for failing to take proper action in preventing sexual assault and harassment from occurring. Victims may have the right to seek damages for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses. Blizzard Law, PLLC is a sexual assault law firm in Houston, Texas that can review your case and help you understand the next steps you can take if you have been hurt, lost a job, or suffered a career setback due to sexual assault in the workplace.
Seek Justice Today
The sexual assault lawyers at Blizzard Law, PLLC in Houston, Texas can help you seek damages for your medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses if you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual assault. Sexual assault can impact your life in many ways, and victims might suffer from PTSD and other long-lasting emotional symptoms. Blizzard Law, PLLC are compassionate and caring lawyers who are taking clients who have suffered from sexual assault either due to an individual’s actions or due to an institution’s failure to take action and prevent sexual assault from taking place.