Police Investigate Facebook Live Video of Apparent Sexual Assault
Atlanta Police are currently investigating a Facebook Live video which reportedly shows a woman being sexually assaulted on a dance floor at Opera nightclub on Saturday, January 19.
The video was shared hundreds of times before being deleted. The alleged victim is the one filming the incident, and the video shows her dancing with a man when she was allegedly sexually assaulted in the nightclub. She can be heard telling the man to stop and saying “somebody help me” while crying during the live stream of the alleged assault.
Investigators with the Atlanta Police Department began receiving calls about the video on Sunday. Special Victims Unit detectives contacted the victim and began an investigation. No arrest has yet been made, as of Monday afternoon.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault at Nightclubs
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual assault in civil cases, helping them find justice and support. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted at bars and nightclubs:
The owners of bars and nightclubs have an obligation to make sure their customers are safe. Security must be a top priority for these businesses in order to make sure customers don’t become victims of shootings, stabbings, sexual assault, or any other violent crime. When a nightclub customer is sexually assaulted, it’s important to both prosecute the perpetrator and to determine if the venue is also at fault for failing to prevent the assault.
A nightclub can be held liable for the sexual assault of a customer if their negligence played a role in enabling the assault, such as inadequate security failing to step in and stop the assault.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of nightclub sexual assault, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.
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Location of Opera Atlanta Nightclub