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Rape Victims & Sexual Assault Victims

Rape Victims and Sexual Assault Victims are Not Alone

No ‘typical’ victim exists when it comes to rape and sexual assault. People of all genders and ages– from children to senior citizens– can be targeted as the victim of a sex crime. The physical, mental, and emotional trauma associated with sexual assault can be extremely severe with long lasting repercussions, affecting not only the victim but also his/her family.

While ultimately there may seem to be little-to-no recovery for victims of rape, there still might be some light shed. Although yes, Arizona has strong laws and severe penalties for the criminal rapist or other perpetrator, the long-term suffering of a sexual assault victim may not be adequately addressed by court proceedings. Each rape victim attorney at Cantor Crane has been aggressively representing sexual assault victims in civil court cases for many years. We understand that it is difficult to put a price on the emotional stress and pain this act of humanity may have caused. When hiring one of our sexual assault lawyers, rest assured we are dedicated in seeking the maximum compensation for physical and mental pain and suffering.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, it is urged you consult an attorney immediately. Why? Because there are time limits, evidence issues and other factors that could affect your potential claim. Your  free one-on-one consultation with our firm is confidential, private and will be held in the security of our law offices downtown, or at a place that is comfortable for you.

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Cantor Crane emphasizes in sexual assault cases brought on behalf of victims who were violated. These cases are a direct result of the property owner failing to provide adequate security. We can help you understand your legal rights and discuss pursuing a claim for monetary compensation. Remember, there are limits on time, issues pertaining to evidence, and a variety of other factors that must be taken into consideration. We cannot state enough how important it is to act immediately if you are a victim of rape or victim of sexual assault. 

Time is of the essence when it comes to sex crimes in Arizona. Criminal law only addresses one small part of the disaster left in the wake of a sex crime. Knowing that a rapist or sexual offender is incarcerated provides peace of mind, but does little to address the emotional suffering of victims. This is where retaining legal counsel becomes crucial. Many victims know to call the police, an important first step in the process. However, your second call should be to Cantor Crane, who can help you navigate the legal system. Contact our office today for a free consultation. Know that your consultation is private and confidential. We can meet in the security of our offices or at an offsite location that is more comfortable for you.

Let us look at some statistics regarding sex crime victims. Mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and even suicide impact these survivors. They are 6 times more likely to suffer from PTSD, 4 times more likely to commit suicide, and 3 times more likely to be gripped by depression. Risk of substance abuse increases dramatically as well. Victims of rape or sexual assault are 26 times more like to abuse drugs and 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol. These numbers are frightening — and can lead to irreversible and even fatal consequences.

Common Issues After a Rape or Sexual Assault Crime

Depression, fury, terror, anxiety, and even guilt comprise some of the myriad of emotions felt by victims. The assailant may be an acquaintance or even a close friend or partner– or a complete stranger. Each of these cases bring their own set of complications. Potential outcomes of being sexually assaulted include:

  • I.V. or other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Difficulty with intimacy, both sexual and emotional
  • Problems maintaining close relationships
  • Symptoms of PTSD such as extreme anger or crippling responses to ‘triggers’ (locations, smells, songs, etc. evoking memories of the attack)
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares or other forms of sleep disturbance
  • Fear of public places and/or anxiety in social settings
  • Inability to focus on school or work
  • Possible termination from employment and/or expulsion from school
  • Withdrawing from hobbies and activities previously enjoyed
  • Significant bills, both medical and psychological
  • Increased alcohol and drug use

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Worth noting is the fact that sexual assaults usually involve brute physical force from the assailant, thus causing further injuries to the victim. Consider the Arizona Law regarding Rape and Other Sex Crimes. In the state of Arizona the criminal code has stringent, specific definitions and subsequent punishments for violent sex crimes including:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Statutory Rape
  • Child Molestation
  • Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Prostitution

Some of these terms may be confusing and require further explanation. Our attorneys at Cantor Crane will assist you in the proper definition of these concepts and how they apply to your case. We are compassionate, understanding, and experienced. If you have any questions or wish to discuss your case and possibly take legal action, contact us today by calling (602) 254-2701 or by filling out our Online Free Consultation Form.


Victims of Rape or Sexual Assault under care of Hospitals & Health Care Providers

Illness and accidents happen every day. According to recent studies, there were an average of 592,000 patients in hospitals across the US on any given day, and a total of 35.4 million people were admitted to hospitals. These patients – weakened, many immobile, some unconscious – are highly vulnerable to sexual predators.

The sexual assault lawyers at Cantor Crane has provided representation and aid for victims of sexual assault who profess that, during their period of recuperation and vulnerability, their caregivers or other individuals took sexual advantage of them without their consent. Some of them were mentally ill or traumatized and needed therapy or psychoanalysis, only to have their mental health professional take advantage of their disability to create an inappropriate relationship; Cantor Crane has aided them. These relationships are a violation of both professional etiquette and the law.

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Hospitals, regrettably, do not always succeed in protecting those under their care and responsibility from assault and rape. This is not always the hospital’s fault, but quite often the hospital shares at least some responsibility. Perhaps their employee screening process was not as thorough as it should have been; perhaps the hospital failed to appropriately discipline or censure an employee following a previous incident or pattern of misconduct. When medical professionals breach etiquette and form inappropriate sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals for whom they are responsible, they may be liable – and if so, legally accountable – for the emotional harm inflicted by those relationships.

Cantor Crane can handle these types of cases against hospitals, residential care facilities, group homes, and other medical facilities by taking legal action against those facilities for their negligence which resulted in victimization.

Disabled persons in permanent care have been victimized not only by professionals entrusted with their care, but also by other residents of their care facilities. These individuals have the right to protection from other residents as well as medical professionals. If this right is not met, they then have the right to hold the institution legally accountable for its failure to protect them from being taken advantage of. Abuse has also occurred during outpatient care by home health aides and assisted living professionals, in the victim’s own home. Cantor Crane will represent children, disabled adults, and their families and has already successfully helped several clients in getting legal retribution from the negligent hiring, retention and supervision which allowed the abuse to occur.

Medical property owners are responsible for taking measures within their means to ensure a safe and healthy environment for those in their care. Criminal sexual assaults or other victimizations can often be prevented by vigilant employers, and failure to be vigilant means you or your loved one’s pain and suffering is a result of the employer’s negligence. Many medical facilities and outpatient care programs are designed in ways that inadvertently leave patients vulnerable to a variety of violent crimes. More than that, some of these loopholes can actually make it more likely for certain forms of predatory crime and stranger violence to occur, including sexual assault, larceny, carjacking, and murder, which are greatly facilitated by certain arrangements and locations. The owner of the property or employer of the caregiver has a duty and responsibility to have knowledge of the vulnerabilities of their property or arrangement and to do what they can to ensure these vulnerabilities cannot be exploited.

Rape Crimes or Sexual Assault may seem random, but they are not.

In many circumstances it can be predicted and even prevented, at least to an extent, with the proper security measures. With good representation and an attorney willing to fight for you, you can hold those, whose negligence caused your pain and suffering, legally responsible for their actions and get a settlement to help you recover from your loss.

If you, a friend, or family member have been assaulted or victimized, the attorneys at Cantor Crane can help you. Our experienced sex crime attorneys will work for you to ensure you receive justice, help, and compensation. Call immediately at (602) 254-2701 or fill out our Totally Confidential Case Review Form and our attorneys will contact you shortly.

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