Crimes like sexual assault and rape inflict devastating emotional trauma on their victims. Sex crimes can also cause serious physical injuries, adding to the pain and horror of an assault. The survivors of rape and sexual assault may need extensive medical care, counseling, and other forms of support to help them heal and recover from their emotional and physical injuries.
If you or one of your loved ones was the victim of rape, sexual assault, or other unwanted sexual contact, you have a right to hold your attacker responsible and pursue damages for your medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other harm that you have suffered because of the assault. Our law firm is available 24/7 to provide compassionate and respectful legal support, helping you understand your rights and take the next steps. To discuss a potential claim confidentially in a free legal consultation with our Maryland lawyer for sexual assault injuries, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online.
Statistics for Sexual Assault Cases
Many people hesitate to come forward after being raped or sexually assaulted. However, it is important to know that you are not alone, and that many resources are available to help you pursue the healing and the justice that you deserve. Unfortunately, sexual assault is a common occurrence in the United States, where the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that someone is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds.
According to RAINN statistics, some of the people at highest risk are children, with approximately 60,000 victims per year; jail or prison inmates, with over 80,000 victims per year; and members of the military, with nearly 19,000 victims per year. Among children and teenagers, those aged 12 to 17 are at highest risk, accounting for roughly two thirds of all child victims.
Outside those groups, among the general U.S. population, RAINN reports an average of more than 430,000 sexual assaults per year. About 90% of attacks target females, with male victims accounting for the remaining 10%. The attacker is usually a person the victim already knows, like an acquaintance, a coworker, or a family member, with over half of all attacks taking place at or near the victim’s own home.
Getting Compensation as a Victim of Sexual Assault in Maryland
When a person commits an act like sexual assault or rape, he or she can be charged with a crime and prosecuted by the state. For instance, the perpetrator may be charged with crimes like first degree rape, under Section 3-303 of the Maryland Criminal Law Code; sexual offense in the second degree, under Section 3-306; or attempted rape in the second degree, under Section 3-310. These are only a few examples of the various charges that prosecutors may file, depending on the situation.
Separately from the criminal case, the victim of that crime can file a civil (non-criminal) case against his or her attacker – even if the criminal case results in an acquittal, or finding of “not guilty.” This allows the victim to pursue compensation (“damages”) for the attack, regardless of how the case is disposed of by the criminal justice system. In fact, the victim may file a civil lawsuit even if there is no criminal charge. If the victim was emotionally, physically, or financially harmed because of the attacker’s actions, he or she may have a civil case.
Heinous acts like rape, child molestation, and sexual assault can inflict emotional scars that last for a lifetime. The survivor may need many years of counseling, therapy, and other treatments to begin healing from the attack. The victim may also be dealing with serious physical injuries, making the healing process even more difficult.
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice is here to stand by you throughout this difficult time. Our Maryland lawyer for sexual abuse injuries can fight to obtain compensation, including compensation for trauma, emotional distress, physical injuries, medical bills, psychiatric treatments or services, financial losses like lost wages, and other damages. We are here to guide you through Maryland’s laws and hold your attacker responsible.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault Lawsuits in Maryland?
Most personal injury lawsuits are bound to a strict deadline called the statute of limitations. For example, Maryland has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases, which means cases generally cannot be filed after this time. However, there are special exceptions for cases involving the rape or sexual assault of minors. If the victim was under 18 when he or she was raped or assaulted, he or she can sue for up to seven years after the date of the attack, instead of the typical three-year time limit applicable to adults.
Maryland Lawyer for Injuries Caused by Sexual Assault + Abuse
If you or one of your loved ones was raped or sexually assaulted, compassionate legal help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the state of Maryland. For a free, completely confidential legal consultation with our Maryland sexual assault lawsuit lawyer, call (410) 694-7291, or contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online.