On Friday, October 10, 2014, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped inside her dorm room at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, according to ABC 7.
The college freshman was at a friend’s party when her friends took off, and a 22-year-old man offered to walk her back to her dorm room. The victim had been drinking. When she told the man to leave, he grabbed and started hugging her.
When the victim awoke, she knew something bad happened as she was wrapped in a blanket and without clothes. She contacted police. A rape kit was completed at a local hospital which found evidence that a sexual assault had occurred, ABC 7 reports.
The Journal of Oak Park and River Forest reports that the attacker was a brother of a friend’s boyfriend. Even more alarming: The alleged attacker was not a student at Dominican and was allowed into the victim’s dorm.
The victim’s aunt says he was a “well-known visitor at the school.” The alleged attacker was allowed to accompany the victim to her room without checking in at the front desk of Coughlin Hall or providing an ID for safekeeping.
Colleges and universities owe a duty of care to their students to keep them safe. Like business owners, they may be liable for damages in an Illinois negligent security lawsuit if someone is a victim of a crime on their property.
Taking precautions, such as checking guest IDs, can help to prevent attacks from occurring in dorms – or, if an attack does occur, it can help police to have a log of information, including the time when the suspected attacker entered the dorm and the attacker’s identity.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sexual assault, you could be entitled to recover financial compensation for your physical and psychological injuries in situations where a property owner negligently failed to provide adequate security measures.
It is important to first seek medical attention immediately. If you have been sexually attacked, do not shower or take a bath. Report the attack to the police.
Finally, contact an attorney such as the experienced premises liability lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. It is important do so as soon as possible after the incident so that important evidence does not disappear.
You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, psychological trauma, pain and suffering and more if it is shown that the property owner or business was negligent in failing to provide adequate security.
Call 1-800-Salvi-Law or submit our online form for a free consultation.