If you have been a victim of sexual assault and/or harassment, you may be thinking about reaching out to a sexual assault lawyer Washington DC victims trust. Over the past few months, there has been a watershed of allegations against men who held positions of power – in the entertainment industry, journalism, and politics – by women and men who have shown remarkable courage in coming forward and exposing these offenders.
Many of these victims have also reached out to sexual assault lawyers to advocate for them and have moved forward with filing lawsuits against the men who assaulted them.
As each week goes by, it seems new victims come forward and another alleged offender is exposed. In the past, when a victim would make the decision to come forward, they would often automatically be accused of lying or making the story up for financial gain, as a seasoned sexual assault lawyer Washington DC clients recommend can attest to. This is the reason why many victims stay silent for so long, afraid they will just be victimized again by the public if they told.
But the tide appears to have turned and in the majority of these new revelations, the public and the media believe the victims without hesitation. And it is this turnaround that is encouraging so many victims to finally feel empowered enough to tell their stories.
It is important to note that although many of these cases that we are hearing about in the media involve celebrities or well-known people, sexual assault can happen to anyone by anyone. At Cohen & Cohen, P.C., we aggressively fight for justice for sexual assault victims and have successfully represented many victims from all walks of life in obtaining financial damages for the physical and emotional injuries the assault caused.
In November, Cohen & Cohen, P.C., handled one of the highest profile cases against Massage Envy, a massage chain that is currently under fire for cases of sexual assualt perpetrated by employees. Our client’s lawsuit was recently reported on in multiple news outlets including CNN, HLN, MSN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and more after our client bravely decided to come forward and speak out about the sexual assault she experienced at the facility. After our handling of this case, it has been revealed that more than 180 victims have come forward and have either filed lawsuits, police reports, or filed complaints with state licensing boards against Massage Envy spas.
Tort law allows victims to file personal injury lawsuits against their perpetrators. Damages that a sexual assault lawyer Washington DC community members rely on can include both economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages include medical expenses for any physical injuries the victim may have suffered, as well as medical expenses for any psychological treatment the victim has needed or will continue to need. The victim can also be awarded compensation for any income he or she lost as a result of the assault, whether it was missed time from work or if the offender was someone the victim worked for and that affected their income or position in any way.
Noneconomic damages can include the pain and suffering the victim has endured, as well as the emotional and mental anguish the sexual assault has caused.
Sexual assault lawsuits are also one of the few types of personal injury cases where the victim can be awarded punitive damages, as a way to punish the perpetrator of the assault and to send a message that this type of behavior will not be condoned by society.
Contact a Sexual Assault Lawyer Washington DC Residents Depend On
If you have been a victim of sexual assault or harassment and would like to speak with a sexual assault lawyer in DC, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. today. We are available to meet and discuss the circumstances of your case and how we may be able to help.
Call a compassionate sexual assault lawyer Washington DC offers today at 202-955-4529 for a free consultation.