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Sexual Assault

What Do I Do If I Was Sexually Assaulted By A Service Provider?

What Do I Do If I Was Sexually Assaulted By A Service Provider? First, take care of yourself. Next, search online for your local rape crisis center. They will be able to assist you with the next steps. It is important to make this call before taking any further steps because as a victim of sexual assault, you have rights. Even though you might not feel up to it at the moment, if you plan to hold anyone accountable for what happened to you, you will need evidence that can be lost as time goes by. 

Every 68 seconds, an American is Sexually Assaulted. Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 25 perpetrators will go to jail. Civil litigation is often the only way for survivors to seek justice and accountability. Sexual Assault can occur anywhere but there are some locations where the inherent risk is greater such as medical facilities, college campuses, rideshares, spas, and short-term rentals.

Contact us online or call (619) 342-8000 for a free initial case evaluation to learn more about how we can help you during this sensitive time.

Who Is Considered A Service Provider?

Service providers are anyone that provides a service to you for a fee. Common examples are:

  • Ride Share Companies
  • Spas
  • Hotels
  • Short-term rentals
  • Banks
  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Gas Stations
  • Parking Garages

Rideshare Sexual Assault

Were You Sexually Assaulted While Riding In An Uber Or Lyft?

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies receive thousands of reports annually for sexual assault. Both drivers and passengers have been victims of sexual assault in these rideshares, however, the majority of survivors are passengers. Uber no longer requires mandatory arbitration and says on its website that victims of sexual assault and harassment, whether riders, drivers, or employees are free to bring individual claims in court. 

Sexual Assault At Spas, Resorts, And Hotels

When visiting a spa, resort, or hotel, there are expectations of safety and professional service. Unfortunately, California does not have a massage licensing board. The lack of regulation puts unsuspecting spa-goers in a vulnerable position. If you have been sexually assaulted during a massage or while staying at a resort or hotel you may have options for holding them accountable. 

Sexual Assault At An Airbnb Or Short Term Rental

Airbnb receives thousands of sexual assault claims every year. Airbnb and short-term rental owners have a duty to create a safe environment for those who use their service. If you have been sexually assaulted during a stay at an Airbnb or other short-term rental, it is important to save screenshots of the short-term rental property listing and the owner’s profile before making a complaint. Airbnb has removed the forced arbitration clause pertaining to claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. This means that survivors of sexual assault are free to file a lawsuit against Airbnb in court. 

Sexual Assault At A Commercial Property

Under premises liability law, property owners can face liability for sexual assault that occurs on their property due to negligence and inadequate security measures. Commercial places such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, offices, banks, gas stations, and parking garages have a legal duty to keep their customers and guests reasonably safe from harm. 

Sexual Assault At Work

If you have experienced sexual assault in the workplace by a coworker, supervisor, client, or owner, the statutes of limitations for these types of cases can be much shorter than sexual assault outside of the workplace so it is imperative that you seek advice sooner than later even if you are not sure you want to file a lawsuit. 

How Long Can I Wait Before Filing A Lawsuit?

It depends. Statutes of limitations are more complex than they appear when searching online. The statute of limitation that was applicable at the time of the incident may be different from the current statute of limitations. There are many circumstances that must be considered to understand which statute of limitation applies. It is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible because once the statute of limitation has expired, you may forever lose your right to file a lawsuit. 

What Are The Next Steps?

If you have been sexually assaulted, call Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. We are here for you. We believe you. You do not have to go through this alone. We will listen without judgment. We will provide trauma-informed support every step of the way. When you call Haeggquist & Eck, your conversation is free and confidential. You are never under any obligation to pursue a case. There are never any upfront fees. You only pay when we win your case. For more information, reach out to a sexual assault lawyer.

Contact Haeggquist & Eck, LLP online
or call (619) 342-8000 for assistance!

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