The Department of Justice suggest that over 1.5 million women and 834,700 men are raped and/or physically assaulted annually. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or sexual behavior towards an individual without the individual’s explicit consent. Essentially, any unwanted and nonconsensual sexual activity is considered sexual assault which includes rape, groping, fondling, unwanted sexual touching, forcible penetration with an object and forcible sodomy. “Unwanted” does not necessarily mean that a person did not want to participate in such activities. It simply means that those activities were prohibited in some way. Two consenting adults could participate in sexual activity, but it could still be considered sexual assault based on the limits of the situation.
If you have experienced sexual assault during your stay at a short term rental, your response should be determined by the nature of the incident. If dangerous and ongoing, the most important thing that you can do is to remove yourself from the situation. If you need to seek assistance, do so immediately. Document the incident immediately as well by:
Over the past few years, there has been a boom in the short-term vacation rental industry. We’ve seen new companies like Airbnb and Vrbo gain in popularity and also bringing with it, new revenue streams to cities around the country. Although guests of these rentals enjoy the unique locations and reasonable rates they provide on their vacations, in some instances the opposite is true and it is vitally important to protect yourself and any potential claim as much as possible.
Often there are no issues with these rentals and both customers and owners share positive experiences. Staying at an Airbnb or Vrbo property should be a positive experience and equally, there should be no case where you end up in the hospital due to the negligence or unaddressed conditions of the property instead. At The South Florida Injury Law Firm, our experienced attorneys work diligently to fight for their clients rights who have either suffered serious injuries or assault on or around their vacation rental.