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Oct 13 2017

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Rape and Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assault and rape include women, men, teens and children. The physical, mental, and emotional trauma following a sexual assault of any kind can have severe and long-lasting repercussions in a victim s life, as well as for the victim s family.

Victims of sexual assault are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide

While the criminal law may provides severe penalties to the rapist or other perpetrator, the suffering of victims of sexual assault is not adequately addressed by criminal prosecution. At the law firm of Deitch Rogers, LLC, we have been representing sexual assault victims in civil cases since 1984 and weunderstand what victims of rape and sexual assault are experiencing. Most of our sexual assault cases are brought on behalf of victims who were assaulted on apartment or hotel properties as the result of the property owner s failure to provide adequate security. If you ve been sexually assaulted, contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible to understand your legal rights. You may be able to pursue a claim for monetary compensation. There are time limits, evidence issues and other factors that could affect your potential claim. Your consultation with our firm is private, confidential, and will be held in the security of our law offices, or at a place most comfortable for you.

After a Rape
A victim of rape or a similar crime may experience depression, rage, fear, anxiety and self-blame. The rapist may have been a stranger to the victim, or he (or she) may have been an acquaintance, a professional trusted by the victim, a family member, or someone with whom the victim was on a date. Each of these scenarios can result in long-term, detrimental effects on a victim. Potential outcomes of being sexually assaulted include:

  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Difficulty in maintaining intimate and other personal relationships
  • Typical symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Nightmares
  • Fear of public places
  • Inability to concentrate or work, and subsequent loss of employment
  • Loss of income
  • Withdrawal from school
  • Significant medical bills
  • Bills for psychological counseling

In addition, sexual assaults are often coupled with physical force by the attacker causing the victim further injuries.

Georgia Law Regarding Rape and Other Sex Crimes
The Georgia criminal code has strict definitions and punishments for rape and similar crimes, including:

  • Sexual Battery, including aggravated sexual battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Statutory Rape
  • Sodomy, including aggravated sodomy
  • Child molestation

Rape is one of the few gender-specific crimes in the Georgia criminal code. Based on the code s language, rape can only be committed by a male against a female: the statute defines rape as the carnal knowledge of a female (that is, any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ) forcibly and against her will.

Speak with a Compassionate and Understanding Attorney
If you have any questions about your specific circumstances or are ready to take legal action against any party who may be responsible for your assault, please contact our law firm today. Andrew Rogers, a former prosecutor, is the vice-chair of the DeKalb County Rape Crisis Center and is deeply committed to helping rape victims obtain fair compensation for their suffering. Mr. Rogers, or his partner, Gilbert Deitch, can meet with you at your convenience and at no charge to you.





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