Going on vacation should be a reward for all your hard work, not a nightmare. You are here because:
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A getaway to a vacation resort is supposed to be about relaxation and escaping the stress of daily life. Along with providing comfort and luxury, these resorts are expected to do all that they can to keep their guests safe.
Unfortunately, some resorts fail to provide proper security measures which results in a guest becoming the victim of sexual assault or another violent crime. When this happens, victims may have recourse by filing a lawsuit against the resort and/or the offender.
Vacation resorts can reduce the risk of crime by taking certain preventative measures, such as:
Failure to provide these basic protections may legally constitute negligence. If a resort could have prevented your assault or mishandled your report of the incident, they may be held liable for damages in a lawsuit.
Sexual assault is a rampant, worldwide crisis, and resorts are not immune to this serious problem. Tourists expect to be safe when they stay at a big name resort, but this is unfortunately not always the case. With so many guests and large staffs, there is always the chance that a sexual predator could be on site.
Common examples of sexual assault experienced at resorts include:
It's important for resort guests to always stay aware of their surroundings. Resorts often offer a false sense of security since they're gated off and separated from the streets. But there is always the possibility that a sexual predator is lurking in the crowds.
Sexual assault is always a traumatizing experience, but incidents at vacation resorts can be even more difficult. Victims are often far from home, sometimes in foreign countries, and have no idea how to respond. This may be made worse if resort staff members don't take their allegations seriously.
If you're an American citizen who has been sexually assaulted at a foreign resort, you should contact the US Embassy or Consulate for assistance. They will help you work with the local police and ensure that you get the medical treatment you need. You should also report the incident to resort staff and may contact local police yourself.
You may also wish to file a lawsuit against the resort, the perpetrator, or both. These cases are complicated, especially if the incident occurred overseas. If you'd like to discuss your options for a lawsuit, we recommend consulting with one of our experienced sexual assault lawyers.