Establishments that offer after school programs for kids may act as beacons for their communities, but the good these entities seek to do could be overshadowed if they fail to protect those they serve. If such an entity fails to provide adequate security measures, the safety of everyone involved may be at risk and incidents that occur under such scenarios can have a lingering impact on the life of a person in Georgia. A woman in another state has recently filed a lawsuit accusing a YMCA of negligent security after she was assaulted on several occasions while at the facility.
Claims of assault
According to reports, the woman claims that she and her sister suffered numerous assaults while they were at the facility in 2018. The lawsuit states that the twin sisters were only 15 years old at the time and asserts that the establishment failed to protect them from harm. According to the lawsuit, the two suffered assaults by the same man on five different occasions and reports indicate that he pleaded guilty to assault charges the following year.
The lawsuit states that the facility failed to take necessary steps to provide a safe environment and failed to take action after receiving reports of each incident. The woman also claims the establishment did not have any form of surveillance in place to monitor the area. Lack of security measures may only act to increase the risks of such unlawful activity and those subjected to unsafe environments could suffer severe or even permanent harm in the process.
Those who suffer harm due to negligent security measures may wish to exercise their rights to seek restitution through the civil justice system, but the process can be complex in nature. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can evaluate the circumstances a person in Georgia is facing and provide guidance on the next steps to take. An attorney can help a client better understand his or her legal rights and options and assist in preparing a strategy with which to seek the compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.