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Las Vegas Sexual Assault Attorneys

How can we help?

We Believe Survivors.

In no uncertain terms, sexual assault is a crime and abusers should be fully punished. Survivors have several ways to get justice against someone who has committed such despicable acts. The criminal justice system is one avenue for survivors, but it isn’t the only way to seek vindication. Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help survivors find justice through the civil justice system.

Civil justice won’t result in well-deserved jail time for abusers, but it can help survivors by giving them their day in court and possibly awarding them monetary damages so that they can start the process of healing. No amount of money could ever excuse or erase what happened, but it may help a survivor move forward and pay for medical attention and counseling.

At Battle Born Injury Lawyers, we believe survivors of sexual assault. We know that sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes committed. Even worse, we know that it is difficult to get justice solely through the criminal system. Survivors of these assaults seldom report the crime or often go years before reporting. Sometimes even when they report their assault, their attacker goes free. The criminal justice system has higher standards for proving a case, which means that survivors sometimes never get the justice they deserve.

However, there is hope for survivors whose attackers escape criminal prosecution. A civil lawsuit can hold these attackers accountable. The civil system has a lower standard of proof and many times survivors of assault are able to get justice. Our experienced attorneys are here to help guide you through the civil justice system and obtain the largest recovery possible.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual Assault is a Crime.

In Nevada, “sexual assault” is a crime that encompasses many types of unwanted sexual contacts or behaviors, including rape. It includes situations where a survivor suffers essentially any kind of unwanted intrusion into their own body or is forced against their will to perform sexual acts on themselves or another person. Sexual assault usually focuses on the issue of consent. In order to give consent to sexual activity in Nevada, a person must usually be:

  1. over the age of at least 16 or 18,
  2. awake,
  3. not impaired by drugs or alcohol, and
  4. not impaired by some other mental disability.

It’s important to remember that sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault. No matter what clothes were worn, how many drinks were consumed, or even if the attacker was a previous friend or romantic partner; if the survivor didn’t give their consent to the activity, a sexual assault took place. Many people don’t know that sexual assault doesn’t just happen to women, men are also survivors. Even more disturbing, children, the elderly, and people with mental disabilities are also frequently targeted. Usually the perpetrators are male, but not always. In the last few years, much information has come to light about sexual abuse by priests, doctors, teachers, and youth group leaders.

Survivors often feel afraid, ashamed, guilty, depressed, or anxious long after they are assaulted. Usually the attacker is someone the survivor knows. Sometimes the attacker is in a position of power such as a supervisor, teacher, or doctor. An attacker could also be married to or dating the survivor. Nevada law makes it clear that being married to the survivor is not a defense to sexual assault. No matter how the survivor knows their assailant, they should never be shamed into silence.

How do survivors of sexual assault get justice?

We Go to Battle for You.

A survivor usually has 2 years after a sexual assault happens to file a civil lawsuit, however statutes of limitations can be longer if the survivor is a minor or if the attacker continues to threaten or intimidate the survivor into keeping quiet. The attacker can be punished criminally up to 20 years after the attack occurs, or indefinitely if a police report is made during the statute of limitation period. It’s important to contact the police right away after a sexual assault so that the survivor can get the help they need as quickly as possible. After the survivor is safe call us, the attorneys at Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help the survivor figure out their rights and the best course of action.

A survivor can sue their attacker for the injuries they sustained, medical bills, the emotional trauma experienced, property that may have been damaged, lost wages due to time off work, and more. We also take evert step to ensure that the survivor’s identity is protected from public knowledge so he or she can maintain privacy.

In certain cases, especially those involving vulnerable people like children or the elderly, the survivor can sue not only their attacker, but also the organization that employed the abuser. Organizations such as churches, hotels, youth centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and schools all have a duty to make sure that their patrons are safe.

Employers also have a duty to make sure that their employees work in a safe environment. This includes keeping the premises safe, supervising their employees properly, conducting background checks, and investigating complaints. When those precautions aren’t taken, those businesses can be liable for the actions of their employees, volunteers, and in some cases third parties. Our attorneys can help you determine who to hold accountable and make sure that you get maximum justice. It might be a tough road ahead, but you don’t have to go it alone, let our attorneys fight the battle for you while you focus on healing.

Sexual Harassment

How can we help?

We Battle for You, You Get Back to Your Life.

Sexual harassment can occur anywhere, but most often sexual harassment cases involve the workplace or schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, universities, or other programs where a student is learning a skill or trade. Usually sexual harassment is prohibited by law and employers and schools have internal policies in place to prevent such harassment. Sexual harassment, just like sexual assault, is unacceptable. It should never be tolerated, and harassers should be swiftly dealt with.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and that’s when the attorneys at Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help. Our attorneys can help you address these issues with your employer or your school so that the harassment stops and you are compensated for what you experienced such as: being paid less, being passed up for promotions, being terminated or suspended, being excluded from school programs or sports, lost time from work or school because of harassment, and many other situations.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual Harassment is Prohibited by Law.

Federal and state laws protect individuals against sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace includes comments about a person’s sex (male or female), unwanted sexual advances, “tit-for-tat” requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal or physical harassment based on a person’s sex. Sexual harassment can be experienced by anyone and can occur even if the victim and the harasser are both the same sex. Usually, in order to be considered harassment the behavior or comments have to be frequent or severe so as to create a hostile work environment or result in an adverse employment decision such as firing or demotion.

Employees are protected against sexual harassment from: other employees, supervisors, and clients or customers. Employers are obligated to provide a harassment-free environment for their employees and should take reports of harassment seriously. If an employer ignores a report of harassment or retaliates against an employee who makes a complaint, that employee may have a cause of action against their employer.

Likewise, sexual harassment is prohibited at public schools, colleges, and universities by federal law. Many state laws protect against harassment and discrimination at private schools as well. Much like workplace sexual harassment, schools have an obligation to take reports of harassment seriously and to provide a safe learning environment for students that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Students who experience verbal comments, physical intimidation, or discrimination based on their sex make have a cause of action against the school. Discrimination includes a student being excluded from certain activities based on sex or suffering adverse school action based on sex, such as getting lower grades than deserved or being excluded from sports. Those are just a few examples, but discrimination can take many forms. These issues are complex, and our lawyers can help a student navigate the confusing system of laws and regulations that govern this type of harassment.

How do victims of sexual harassment get justice?

We Pursue Every Avenue.

If you are experiencing discrimination because of your sex or harassment that is sexual in nature, our lawyers at Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help you determine the best course of action. In Nevada, there are several systems that can help a victim of this mistreatment in addition to the court system. In fact, in some cases a victim must utilize these administrative agencies first before they can sue in court.

Administrative processes are much like court processes and having one of our attorneys at your side can make all the difference. Our attorneys know how to prepare and argue in administrative proceedings to get you the best possible outcome. Administrative law judges are almost always attorneys. Their hearings and adjudications are almost identical to court processes and having legal knowledge when making your case to the judge will give you a competitive edge. Administrative law can be confusing, but with one of our attorneys battling for you, you can focus on going to school or work and let us worry about putting together a winning case.

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