A 39-year-old woman was reportedly raped in a Columbus apartment complex Saturday morning, May 30, 2015.
According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the victim was attacked and held down in the bedroom of her apartment on Antietam Drive between 3:00am-4:43am. The name of the apartment complex where the purported incident took place was not disclosed in media reports. The victim was transported to Midtown Medical Center for treatment, per news reports, and her current condition has not been released.
Media reports indicate the victim did not know her attacker. Police are still searching for a suspect.
Our Legal Take
As police continue to search for the assailant, The Murray Law Firm is questioning how the attacker was able to break into the apartment and whether a potentially fatal apartment security lapse may also hold responsibility in this harrowing assault.
Recent crime reports of the surrounding neighborhood reveal a number of robberies and burglaries. What security precautions were implemented, if any, by the apartment owner and management company to protect residents and deter such crime?
How did the assailant gain entry to the property and the victim’s apartment home? What access-controls and security measures, such as gated-entry, surveillance cameras, bright lighting, security patrols, alarm systems, and deadbolts, were in place and working at the time of the break-in and assault?
Has surveillance footage from the apartment complex and local traffic cameras been seized to assist in identifying the assailant?
By law, apartment owners are required to protect all residents from any foreseeable harm. Should the apartment owner and management company have failed in this legal duty, the victim may elect to pursue a legal claim for her injuries and suffering. Under such a claim, the victim may be entitled to an award of damages that could include, among other items, substantial monetary compensation for: pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future earning capacity; and, mental anguish. If the facts of this matter warrant such a negligent security claim, it would not only be an avenue of justice for the victim, but would also demand that the apartment complex re-evaluate security measures. It would also serve as a grave warning to other Columbus apartment owners to make resident safety their first priority.
Based upon its prior experience in handling negligent security claims in the Columbus area, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough inspection of the scene will need to be performed immediately on behalf of the victim before any evidence, such as surveillance footage or broken fencing, may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. It is imperative that all evidence be preserved to ensure that the victim’s best interests are protected.
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The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in representing victims of sexual assault and security negligence in Georgia, and we offer our legal assistance to the victim in this potential claim, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.
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