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Representing Victims of Sexual Assault in Louisville & Throughout Kentucky

We Fight for the Rights of Sexual Assault in Shelbyville and Throughout the Region 

At Noakes Law Group, our Shelbyville sexual assault attorneys relentlessly pursue justice for victims. Sexual assault is one of the most terrifying violations that any person could ever be forced to endure. The perpetrator must be held accountable. Victims may also have a claim against a third party that failed to protect them. If you or your loved one was the victim of sexual assault, we are here to fight for justice. Contact us today for a free, strictly confidential consultation with a top Shelbyville sexual assault lawyer. 

Sexual Assault is a Very Serious Problem

Sadly, sexual assault remains a very serious issue in our country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “over half of women and almost 1 in 3 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes.” Victims of sexual assault need justice, accountability, and the resources to recover mentally and physically. 

An Overview of Civil Sexual Assault Claims in Kentucky

Sexual assault is a serious crime. In Kentucky, it is a felony offense and a conviction can carry a lengthy prison sentence. A prisoner who commits an act of sexual assault must be held accountable. At the same time, the victim may also have a civil legal claim for financial compensation—potentially against the predator and/or a third party whose failure to take proper care contributed to the attack. Defendants in civil sexual assault cases in Shelbyville may include: 

  • The Perpetrator: The first potential defendant in civil sexual assault cases is the individual who committed the act of sexual assault. They are directly liable for their actions under both criminal and civil law. However, a challenge is that the perpetrator often (but now always) lacks sufficient assets for a full and fair financial recovery.  
  • Businesses: Businesses can be held liable if the assault occurred on their premises or was perpetrated by an employee who was on the job at the time of the attack. Vicarious liability allows a victim to sue an employer for the actions of an employee—provided the employee was performing their job duties when the assault occurred. 
  • Apartment Complexes: Similar to businesses, owners and managers of apartment complexes can be held liable if they fail to take reasonable security measures that could have prevented an assault. Examples include proper lighting, secure locks, and responding appropriately to complaints about safety issues. These are negligent security claims. 
  • Schools: Schools have a duty to protect their students from harm, including sexual assault. They can be held liable under negligence theories for failing to supervise adequately, not enforcing policies that protect students, or failing to respond appropriately to reports of sexual misconduct. 
  • Organizations: Finally, organizations, whether they are nonprofits, sports clubs, or other entities, can face liability if the assault was committed by an affiliated individual in an environment related to the organization’s activities. As with other claims against third parties, the victim must be prepared to prove negligence. 

While a criminal sexual assault charge and/or conviction may serve as evidence in a civil sexual assault case, these are two separate legal proceedings. To bring a civil claim—whether against the perpetrator or a third party—you should consult with a Shelbyville, KY civil sexual assault lawyer. Notably, different standards of liability apply in civil claims. Liability is based on the preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) standard instead of the reasonable doubt standard. 

Fighting for Justice and Compensation for Sexual Assault Victims

In Kentucky, sexual assault victims have the right to pursue compensation for economic losses and non-economic damages. Unfortunately, defendants and insurance companies can make it challenging for victims to get justice. Our Shelbyville civil sexual assault lawyers are committed to helping you fight for the maximum settlement or verdict. Compensation may be sought for: 

  • Emergency room care; 
  • Hospital bills; 
  • Other health care costs; 
  • Mental health support; 
  • Lost wages;
  • Diminished earning ability; 
  • Pain and suffering; 
  • Emotional distress; 
  • Mental trauma; 
  • Disability or disfigurement; and
  • Reduced quality of life. 

Be Proactive: Kentucky Statute of Limitations for Civil Sexual Assault Claims

Under Kentucky law (KY Rev. Stat. § 413.249 and KY Rev. Stat. § 413.140(1)(a)), victims have a limited amount of time to bring a civil sexual assault claim. The statute of limitations varies, in part, on case-specific factors, such as the age of the victim at the time of the incident. Some civil sexual assault claims are subject to a one-year statute of limitations—such as if an adult is bringing a premises liability claim (negligent security) against a third-party business. However, with other claims, child victims have until their 28th birthday to take legal action. Be proactive: An attorney can help you understand the filing deadline for your specific case. 

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How Noakes Law Can Help

Noakes can handle your sexual assault case.

Why Rely on the Shelbyville Civil Sexual Assault Lawyers at Noakes Law Group

Civil sexual assault claims are complex. These cases should always be handled with the highest level of care, sensitivity, and professional skill. At Noakes Law Group, we put victims first. Among other things, our Shelbyville sexual assault attorneys are prepared to: 

  • Hear your story and answer questions about the civil legal claims process; 
  • Investigate the incident—gathering evidence to prove the defendant’s liability; 
  • Represent you in any settlement negotiations with defendants/insurers; and
  • Take strong legal action to fight for true justice and the maximum compensation. 

We believe in personalized representation. Our attorneys handle civil sexual assault claims with care, compassion, and sensitivity. With client reviews and case results that include millions in compensation for victims, you can trust our law firm when it matters most. 

Contact Our Shelbyville Sexual Assault Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

At Noakes Law Group, our Shelbyville sexual assault attorneys provide relentless, results-focused advocates for victims. If you or your family member was the victim of sexual assault, our legal team is here to help. Contact us today to set up a no-cost, strictly confidential initial consultation. We fight for justice for sexual assault victims in Shelbyville and throughout the surrounding region.

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