NBC Washington has reported that a woman was injured in an attempted sexual assault that took place in the George Washington University parking garage located at 2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052.
On October 4, 2021, a staff member of the university was leaving when she was attacked by 27-year-old Omar Williams. The suspect stabbed the victim with a nail causing cuts to her head. Additionally, her jaw and teeth were broken. She was transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect took the victim's keys, phone, and wallet before fleeing the scene. He was later caught after using her credit card.
Williams has been linked to prior crimes in the area that included robbery and assault. He is facing charges of assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed in addition to aggravated assault while armed.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville helps sexual assault victims explore their legal options and find justice through civil lawsuits. Laurence recently addressed the question, can I sue for being sexually assaulted in a parking garage?
"Sexual assault victims have the legal right to file in the criminal and civil courts. Having the perpetrator arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated is a crucial part of their justice for many victims. However, the criminal justice system does not always help the victim recover damages. In some instances, victims can attain the financial support they deserve by filing a civil lawsuit."
"Civil lawsuits can be filed directly against the predators but also against a negligent third party, such as a property owner that failed to provide adequate security. If the location was subject to increasing crime, but the property owner did not increase their safety, they may be liable for a foreseeable crime. Each case is unique, and determining whether a victim has a case for a lawsuit will require the legal guidance of an experienced attorney."