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Can I sue an 18 year for emotional damages due to rape?

Huntington, NY |

I'm 14 I was given alcoholic beverages and raped by three teens (ages 18,18,15) and sexually touched by an older man. One of the 18 year olds took pictures. A few days pass and a 17 year old girl posted the picture on Instagram...there is proof. I've been HARRASED over social networks and in school. Since the inccedent I've had a low self esteem, verry depressed, ashamed, and have thoughts of suicide. I'm scared to go to school due to being HARRASED and I can't sleep well at night.

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  1. Best answer

    Did you call the police? You can sue but the question is whether they have assets to collect from if you win.

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  2. You can sue anyone for anything. The questions are: is the proof sufficient, and do the three teens (or their parents) have money to pay damages. If they don't, you'll be seeking a hollow judgment. Go to a civil plaintiff's attorney in your area and discuss your claims.

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  3. I suggest -if you- have not already done so that you: 1. Tell your parent(s) everything that has happened to you; 2. Obtain proper medical care and treatment ; 3. Obtain counseling by a counselor who specializes in counseling victims of sexual assault; 4. Report this to the New York State Police ; 5. Notify the principal of your school that you are scared to attend school due to harassment; and 6. Speak with a local personal injury attorney to determine if there is any realistic chance that you could be compensated for your pain and suffering.

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  4. Have you gone to the police with your proof? If the case was not prosecuted, a civil attorney is going to be much less interested. More facts are needed.

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  5. The attorneys who already responded gave you excellent advice. Speak with a counselor, if you didn't report this event to the police, -do it now and ideally with your parent(s) support, if you sought medical attention follow it, if you didn't , do it now as well. Consider contacting a Women's Crisis Center in the Huntington area for help,and guidance. Keep a diary of all that you have gone thru. Speak to an attorney as well.

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