Standing By Sexual Assault Survivors in Metro Atlanta

Sexual assault is deeply traumatic, leaving lasting scars on its victims. This offense encompasses a range of unlawful acts, from unwanted touching to rape. Survivors have specific legal rights, including reporting the assault to law enforcement to initiate criminal proceedings that may result in a conviction.

Survivors also have the right to pursue civil litigation to obtain monetary compensation for damages suffered due to the assault, even if the perpetrator is not charged or convicted. If you have experienced the trauma of a sexual assault, the Joshua E. Palmer Law Firm can help. 

We are committed to providing survivors of sexual assault with compassionate representation and support. We understand the challenges these sensitive cases pose and will work to protect your rights, well-being, and privacy. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process and help you receive rightful compensation for the trauma you’ve endured. 

Beyond dedicated advocacy, we will offer emotional support and connect you with recovery resources. Above all, we believe you deserve justice and respect and will be your allies in this challenging journey.

What Is Sexual Assault Under Georgia Law?

Under Georgia law, sexual assault encompasses a range of non-consensual sexual acts, defined under the law in various degrees of severity. Understanding these legal definitions is crucial for survivors seeking justice:

  • Sexual battery: Defined as making physical contact with the intimate parts of another person without their consent.
  • Aggravated sexual battery: Involves sexual contact that causes physical harm or mental anguish, often involving the use of force or a deadly weapon.
  • Rape: Defined as non-consensual intercourse, where consent is not given, or the individual is incapable of giving consent due to mental incapacitation or physical helplessness.
  • Statutory rape: Involves intercourse with a person under the age of consent, which is 16 in Georgia, regardless of whether the minor appeared to consent.

The state treats these offenses with the seriousness they deserve, providing avenues for survivors to hold perpetrators accountable through criminal and civil legal actions. Our firm supports survivors by guiding them through the legal process and protecting their rights and dignity at every step. 

Sexual Assault Can Occur Anywhere in Metro Atlanta

Sexual assault can occur in various scenarios, impacting individuals across different environments, including these common scenarios:

  • Workplace harassment: Sexual advances, inappropriate touching, or assaults involving coworkers, supervisors, and subordinates.
  • Educational institutions: Assaults involving students, often perpetrated by peers or staff members, occurring on college campuses or school grounds.
  • Public spaces: Instances of assault in areas like parks, clubs, or streets where perpetrators exploit the vulnerability of individuals in less secure or crowded settings.
  • Residential attacks: Assaults in private settings, such as during house parties or within homes, where the assailant is often someone the victim knows.

While women and members of the LGBTQ+ community are most at risk, men can also be victimized. No matter the circumstances, we are dedicated to assisting survivors from all walks of life, providing them with the guidance and support to address and recover from these traumatic experiences.

The Legal Rights of Survivors

Survivors of sexual assault in Georgia have specific legal rights designed to protect and empower them through the justice system. Beyond criminal proceedings, survivors have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator—and possibly third parties, such as employers or institutions if negligence contributed to the assault. This can lead to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses incurred from the assault, including mental health treatment,
  • Lost wages due to recovery,
  • Pain and suffering, reflecting both physical and emotional distress,
  • Punitive damages to punish egregious conduct and deter future acts.

Understanding and exercising these rights can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be with our personal injury lawyers by your side. We will stand by you during this challenging time and fight for the justice you deserve. 

Guiding You Toward Recovery

At the Joshua E. Palmer Law Firm, we understand the profound impact that sexual assault can have on your life. If you are navigating the aftermath of such a traumatic event, our team is here to provide you with compassionate and confidential legal support. We approach each case with sensitivity and commitment, handling the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery.

If you decide to take legal action, we can help you file the necessary claim for civil damages. Our experienced attorneys are adept at gathering essential evidence, coordinating with medical professionals, and advocating on your behalf in court. When you work with us, we will be your advocates and allies, fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve.

The Legal Representation You Need

Sexual assault can turn your world upside down, leaving you severely injured and emotionally wounded. No amount of money can undo the harm you’ve endured, but you deserve justice and compensation to cover your losses and secure your financial future. Trust the Joshua E. Palmer Law Firm to provide compassionate representation and guidance during this challenging time. Let us help you take the first step towards justice and healing. Reach out to us today.