What To Do After a Sexual Assault and How to Seek Justice
The severe mental, emotional, and physical trauma caused by a sexual assault can leave victims struggling to recover. The process of healing from the trauma can be long and challenging, but you don’t have to go through this alone.
At Maverick Ray & Associates, our dedicated and compassionate team wants to express our sadness and frustration that you had to endure such an experience. No one should ever have to suffer such trauma. That is why we are here to secure justice on your behalf by holding the perpetrator accountable for their heinous actions.
Below we discuss the steps you can take following a sexual assault and how to file a civil lawsuit against your attacker. To learn more, we encourage you to contact us today to arrange a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault lawyers.
I Was Sexually Assaulted. What Do I Do?
After a sexual assault, you likely don’t know how to feel or what to do. You may be suffering from physical injuries, emotional trauma, and are unsure what to do next.
Fortunately, there are a few helpful steps to take after a sexual assault.
- Get to safety – If your safety is at all in question, take immediate action. Get to a safe place or call a trusted friend or family member for help. If you are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
- Seek medical attention – If you are injured or would like a rape kit performed to collect critical evidence, we recommend going to the emergency room right away. A doctor can also help you with other concerns, such as the possibility of pregnancy, HIV, or other STDs.
- Consider calling the police – Sexual assault is a crime. You have the right to call law enforcement, report the attack, and file charges. Should you choose to file a civil lawsuit, contacting the police, documenting what happened, and compiling key evidence will significantly strengthen your case.
- Find support – Dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault can be overwhelming. But remember, you are not alone. Reach out to close friends and family to help you cope with what happened. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing it with those you know, we suggest seeking help from counselors and support groups.
Should I File a Lawsuit?
As a victim of sexual assault, you have the right to seek compensation by filing a civil lawsuit, in addition to pressing criminal charges against the perpetrator. By taking legal action, you are fighting to hold your attacker responsible for their unthinkable actions and recover the damages you incurred as a result of the assault.
In Texas, there is a time limit for taking legal action against the perpetrator. This deadline, known as the “statute of limitations,” is five years, which begins from the date of the sexual assault.
In addition to the perpetrator, there are often other parties who should be held legally responsible. If the sexual assault took place at work or on campus, your employer or school might be held liable for not taking adequate measures to ensure your safety.
Hiring a skilled attorney to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your attack will ensure all at-fault parties are identified.
Speak with an Experienced Sexual Assault Lawyer in Houston, Texas
At Maverick Ray & Associates, we understand that this experience is likely the most devastating and life-changing you will ever endure. Our legal team is here to help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, counseling, pain and suffering, and other losses resulting from your assault. To explore your legal options, contact our firm today to arrange a free, confidential case review with one of our qualified and dedicated sexual assault attorneys. Let us fight relentlessly to secure justice on your behalf and give you a sense of closure after this tragic experience. You can reach us anytime, day or night, by calling (281) 947-2007 or contacting us online.