On February 8th, 2021, the judge ruling on the civil lawsuit between the accused, Mr. Beer, and J.B, the victim, stated that Mr. Beer has to pay about 1 million dollars to J.B for sexually assaulting her back on October 16, 1992. On that night, J.B. had been drinking and passed out. She awoke to Mr. Beer on top of her, having sex with her. In 2018, Mr. Beer was found guilty in a criminal court of sexual assault against J.B. and sentenced to 4 years in prison. J.B then pursued a civil lawsuit. Part of the payout was due to the fact that the sexual assault resulted in J.B becoming pregnant, resulting in Mr. Beer being required to pay about $72,000 for expenses required in raising their daughter. The rest of the money was awarded for loss of past income and the trauma that resulted due to the sexual assault. J.B suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and alcoholism as a result of the sexual assault. It also affected her work life as she struggled to maintain steady employment after the incident due to the psychological trauma it caused her.
Whether or not the accused was found guilty in criminal court, a civil case can still be pursued. In civil law, the evidence needed to prove a sexual assault occurred is not as demanding, therefore, it’s easier to prove the guilt of the accused. This case serves as a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue legal action in relation to a sexual assault. The legal system is aware of the trauma that sexual assault causes, and allows for historical sexual assault cases due to the fact that victims often need time to deal with the trauma before they feel comfortable enough to talk about it and to pursue legal action. Although the incident may be “historical”, the trauma persists through time. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, contact us, we have highly trained lawyers who can help you get the justice you deserve.