When young men and women sign up for the military, they are expected to protect and serve the nation with the utmost loyalty. But who is there to protect them when they are taken advantage of?
Sexual assault in the military is a growing concern among service members and often goes unreported because of the organization’s culture. At times, the victim is punished for their unwillingness to “play along,” while the offender receives nothing but a slap on the wrist.
For years, Hach & Rose LLP has fought for the men and women in uniform when they need their voice heard. If you or someone you love endured sexual assault during their service in the military, you are entitled to seek out the justice and financial recovery that you deserve.
Do not suffer in silence. Bring those that harmed you to justice by choosing Hach & Rose LLP to represent you in your military sexual assault claim. Contact us right now at 212-779-0057 for a FREE case evaluation.
What Does the Military Consider Sexual Assault?
In accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, specifically Article 120, sexual assault occurs when a non-consensual sexual act is committed by one individual (or more) upon another person. Military law defines these kinds of sexual acts in a multitude of ways.
Sexual assault can be anything ranging from:
- Threatening or instilling fear.
- Causing bodily harm.
- Impersonating someone else.
- Making fraudulent pretenses that sexual acts will serve a professional purpose.
Military law also defines sexual assault to include sexual acts inflicted upon a victim who is asleep, unconscious, or unaware that the act is occurring. Finally, the definition of sexual assault extends to committing a sexual act upon someone who is unable to consent because of impairment — either by alcohol, drugs, or other substances — or mental disease, defects, or other conditions.
The Lasting Damage Caused by Sexual Abuse
Military sexual assault survivors may experience different types of negative effects stemming from their experiences. These negative effects can alter survivors’ mental, emotional, and physical behaviors while also increasing the odds of drug or alcohol use and abuse.
Some of the long-term effects that military sexual abuse survivors may experience right after a sexual assault include but are not limited to:
- Chronic headaches
- Recurring nausea
- Trust issues
- Poor self-esteem
- Sexual dysfunction
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Suicidal tendencies
A trained mental health care professional can help a sexual assault survivor regain some normalcy in their lives after suffering from these effects – but it can be costly. The military sexual abuse attorneys of Hach & Rose LLP can help you to successfully file a claim and secure the financial recovery you need to obtain the health care services you need to begin healing.
Contact Hach & Rose LLP right now at 212-779-0057 for a FREE case evaluation.
The Numbers Show a Growing Problem of Military Sexual Abuse
Protect Our Defenders (POD), a national organization dedicated to ending sexual assault, misogyny, and sexual harassment within the military has compiled a wide number of eye-opening statistics that reveal just how big of a problem sexual assault is in the military.
According to the organization:
- Approximately 14,900 individuals — 8,600 women and 6,300 men — were sexually assaulted in 2016. The amount of penetrative assault had not improved since 2014.
- In 2014, sexual assault rates were 50 percent higher among active-duty women and over 100 percent higher in men when compared to those serving in the Reserves.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men were assaulted by someone in their chain of command.
One shocking statistic, in particular, highlighted repeated offenses in 2016:
- The majority of sexual assault victims had been assaulted multiple times, resulting in over 41,000 assaults in total that year.
What is troubling to read, however, is that the majority of these cases often go unreported. The organizations also found that:
- 81 percent of sexual assault victims had not reported their experiences in 2016.
In many cases, victims may fear retaliation from those that assaulted them—and rightfully so. POD states that:
- 58 percent of women and 60 percent of men who reported the incident faced retaliation of some form.
- 77 percent of these retaliation reports claim that alleged retaliators were in the victim’s chain of command.
- A third of sexual assault victims were discharged after 7 months from the time they reported their incident.
- Sexual assault survivors typically received harsher discharges; 24 percent were separated under less than fully honorable conditions. 15 percent of all full-service members leave the military under similar conditions.
While military cases usually have in-house attorneys to handle cases such as these, you are entitled to hire a civilian military sexual assault attorney to help defend your rights. Do not become a statistic.
If you or someone you love was sexually assaulted during their time in the military, the New York sexual assault attorneys of Hach & Rose LLP can help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today at 212-779-0057 for a FREE case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help you.
What You Should Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault in the Military
No one should have to endure the heinous actions of sexual assault, but for those that have been assaulted and silenced, there are plenty of resources you can take advantage of to get the help you need.
The Department of Defense (DoD) recommends that victims should:
- Seek out a safe place that distances you from your abuser.
- Preserve as much evidence as you can. This may mean that you have to refrain from showering, changing clothes, eating, washing your hands, or even brushing your teeth. Also, make sure the crime scene remains in the same condition as when the attack occurred until sufficient evidence is collected.
- Record any details about the sexual assault that you may recall.
- Get medical treatment as soon as possible. Do not be afraid to ask your doctor for a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE). If you suspect that you were drugged, requesting a urine sample can confirm that.
Once you have taken these steps to get assistance, contact a trained staff member from the DoD Safe Helpline to report what happened to you. From there, they can also help you get in touch with the nearest Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC).
Once you have taken care of yourself, let us take care of the rest. Legal processes can be taxing on victims, and the experienced military sexual assault attorneys at Hach & Rose LLP can shoulder that burden for you and get you the compensation you need to start on the road to recovery.
Hiring a Civilian Lawyer for Your Military Sexual Assault Case
Winning a military sexual assault claim may seem like an uphill battle if you do not have an experienced and dedicated attorney to help you.
At Hach & Rose LLP, we take great pride in protecting the rights of the men and women that have sacrificed everything to maintain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for Americans all across the nation. We provide plenty of legal benefits, many of which rival the legal representation that military personnel receive:
- Independent Investigations – Most often, military legal representation must rely on case details provided by superiors. Civilian attorneys, however, are free to act, research, and represent you according to what is in YOUR best interest.
- Extensive Legal Experience – Because of military structuring, and the very nature of these type of cases, oftentimes military lawyers may lack experience in handling sexual assault cases. Civilian military sexual assault lawyers like the ones at Hach & Rose LLP, however, have vast legal experience within sexual assault both outside and inside of the military, and are a sure-fire way to help you win restitution for your injuries.
- Autonomy – As you are aware, in the military there is a clear chain of command. For the lawyers, this still rings true. Because of this, it is not unusual to see lawyers work against their client’s best interests to adhere to that chain.
Military lawyers cannot call out higher ranking members accused of this kind of improper conduct as effectively as a civilian attorney can without going through a lot of red tape. Hiring a civilian attorney, therefore, can bypass all of the military bureaucracy, increasing the likelihood of securing compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Choose the military sexual assault lawyers of Hach & Rose LLP to seek out the compensation you deserve. Contact us right now 212-779-0057 for a FREE case evaluation.
What Kind of Compensation Are Victims Entitled To?
As a survivor of sexual assault in the military, you may qualify for certain amounts or monetary compensation to remedy the damages you have suffered, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future earnings
To acquire the compensation you need to recover, you need to hire an experienced military sexual assault lawyer. At Hach & Rose LLP, we will provide you with the dignity and respect you deserve while fighting hard in your name so that justice will be served.
You served your country with honor. You deserve representation that will fight tooth and nail to see your abusers punished. Contact Hach & Rose LLP at 212-779-0057 to speak with one of our experienced military sexual assault attorneys today.