Archive for October, 2021

What Is Considered Sexual Assault in South Carolina?

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Victims can be any gender and age. It’s a devastating situation that often leaves the victim and their loved ones not knowing what to do. If you are confused, read below to learn more about what is considered sexual assault in South Carolina and who to call for help.

What Is Sexual Assault?

According to the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVSA), sexual assault is non-consensual sexual contact that is forced or coerced. There are many different actions that can be considered sexual assault, including:

The criminals who harm others through sexual assault are seeking power and control.

What Is Consent?

When someone commits sexual assault, they lack consent to engage in sexual contact with the victim. Consent is an agreement between the people who engage in sexual activity. There should be clear communication every time people are intimate. Consent may be given or withdrawn at any time, and that should be respected. If it is not, the offender is guilty of sexual assault.

If a person does not have consent to touch another person intimately, and they do so anyway, they are forcing themselves onto the victim. Force is not always physical in nature. It may involve emotional bullying, psychological force, or manipulation. Some sexual assault offenders use threats that they will harm the victim or their family to intimidate the victim into sexual acts.

Sexual Assault Statistics in South Carolina

women who has been sexual assulted

More than 5,500 people seek help from the Rape Crisis Center in South Carolina annually, according to SCCADVSA. Nearly one in five women report being raped during their lifetime. While only one in 71 men report being raped, that number is likely much lower than the actual occurrence. Men are typically underrepresented in sexual assault statistics because of lower reporting rates.

Additionally, nearly 46% of women in South Carolina report being the victims of sexual violent or coercion other than rape. Nearly 18% of all men in the state report the same.

Who Should I Call If I Was Sexually Assaulted?

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you should immediately call the police. Get medical treatment and discuss your situation with the authorities. Then, you should contact a sexual assault lawyer who can help you decide what to do next.

The compassionate lawyers at Ryan Montgomery Law know that it is difficult to share your story. You can trust us to be by your side throughout the legal process. We will help you decide how to handle a criminal trial and even proceed with a civil lawsuit, if possible. Through a civil lawsuit for sexual assault, you may be able to get financial compensation to help you recover and find a sense of justice.

Call Ryan Montgomery Law today at (864) 207-4927 or use our online contact form.

What To Do If You’re Bitten by a Dog While Flying on a Commercial Flight?

Dogs are man’s best friends; however, there are thousands of dog bite incidents every year. The dog owner is almost always the primary person responsible, but the law can get complicated if the bite occurs in an airport or while flying on a commercial flight.

Steps You Should Take If You’re Bitten by a Dog

If you are bitten by a dog, whether it’s a companion or support animal, there are certain steps you should take, including:

  1. Get away from the dog. The first thing you should do is get as far away from the dog as possible. You might put your purse or carry-on baggage between you and the dog. Move to another location on the flight.
  2. Get medical treatment. You should immediately get medical attention after a dog bite. Dogs have sharp teeth that tear flesh and cause deep internal wounds. Their mouths are also dirty. You will need to treat the wound and get antibiotics quickly.
  3. Notify a flight attendant or airport staff. If you’re on a flight, an attendant can provide minimal medical treatment with a first aid kit. Most airports also have some first aid available. The airport staff will also need to make a report of the incident.
  4. Call the police at the airport. If you’re in the air, call the police when you land. If you’re at an airport, call the police immediately. You will need them to assess the situation and file an official report about the situation. This will be used as evidence in your personal injury claim.
  5. Call a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. You will need to provide information to many parties regarding the incident. You should talk to an attorney and allow them to communicate with everyone else. This will ensure consistent information and allow you to focus on recovering.

Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite on a Commercial Flight?

In most situations, the owner of a dog is responsible for their actions. That means, they would have to pay for any medical costs and other losses you incur as a result of the bite their dog causes. Oftentimes, homeowners’ or renters’ insurance will cover dog bites. Some dog owners are required to have a separate policy, especially if they have a dog that is known to be vicious or some specific breeds.

If you are bitten on a commercial flight, the airline might also be responsible. The airline should have rules that are enforced to prevent dog bites, such as requirements that the animals are kept in a kennel under the seat. Another option would be that the dog remains attached to a leash or in the owner’s lap. Sometimes a muzzle is required. The airline staff should ensure that any agitated or compromised dogs are not on the flight.

How Can a Dog Bite Lawyer Help Me?

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Ryan Montgomery Law can guide you through the process of obtaining compensation for your losses after a dog bite. The law can be confusing and you may not know where to turn to get help. Our legal team is here for you. We will listen to what happened and handle the entire legal process while you focus on recovery. Call us today at (864) 207-4927 or use our online contact form to reach out.