The rich and powerful often feel like their influence puts them above the law and allows them to act with impunity. This conviction manifests itself in many different ways, and aids in their belief that they can commit sexual harassment and assault without having to pay for their crimes.
To that end, the rich and powerful often make use of their vast resources to intimidate their victims into silence. And in so doing, avoid justice.
Below, we discuss some of the tactics these sexual predators employ to silence their victims, as well as explain how you can still bring a perpetrator to justice, no matter how wealthy.
#1. They Use NDAs
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material that the parties wish to restrict access to.
While NDAs are widely used in business in order to protect trade secrets, it has come to light that many organizations are misusing NDAs by using them to silence whistleblowers or those who wish to report sexual harassment.
If you were sexually assaulted or contracted an STD from someone you did not know was infected, and you have already signed an NDA, do not despair. The enforceability of an NDA is very complicated and needs to be carefully analyzed and evaluated by a seasoned professional. If you are subject to an NDA and have questions regarding your rights and obligations, please contact KMD Law at once.
#2. They Threaten Survivors’ Livelihood
With power, wealth, and fame comes connections. This means these individuals often have the power to make or break someone’s career.
As such, sexual predators with enough influence will often intimidate survivors into silence by telling them that they will make sure the survivor has no career and no future should word of their malfeasance gets out.
#3. They Know Survivors Will Not Be Believed
Despite great strides made during the #MeToo movement, the sad truth is that many sexual assault survivors are still not believed. Unfortunately, many people’s first response to sexual harassment or assault allegations involves questions like:
“Why are accusers bringing this stuff up now?”
“Why did they keep quiet so long if this was happening?”
Although they are misguided, these questions often make others believe that sexual harassment claims are all made up to ruin reputations and get some publicity. This alone can be enough to wrongfully shame survivors into silence.
Sexual Predators Are Not Above the Law. We’ll Make Sure of It
If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted—or contracted an unexpected STD—from a rich and powerful sexual partner, our team here at KMD Law is well-equipped to help you seek justice.
We have handled many cases in this area of the law, and we know how to protect your privacy and best interests throughout the process.
Contact us today at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a confidential consultation.