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Positive & Negative effects of civil litigation on victim

A 20-year-old girl accuses her ex-boyfriend of raping her in a drunken rage. However, the prosecutor states that although he believes her story, there is simply not enough evidence to take the accused to trial and have a jury find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Discuss the legal rights of victims against perpetrators.
Examine and explain the options available to the victim in the civil court.
List the civil litigation for providing redress to victims.
Analyze and explain the positive and negative effects of civil litigation on the lives of the victim.

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Discuss the legal rights of victims against perpetrators:
Some victims have the option of pressing charges against their perpetrator in criminal court. In a criminal case, the role of the victim, at best, is simply one of providing the prosecutor with evidence to convict the alleged perpetrator. Any crime may result in physical injury, the loss of a loved one, psychological trauma and/or the loss of property. These victims may have to face the one to which they are accusing, but they definitely have the right to seek criminal redress. In addition to criminal court, victims can possibly sue their perpetrator in civil court to receive monetary damages.

Examine and explain the options available to the victim in civil court:
There are a couple of options offered to a victim in a civil court proceeding. If a victim is not satisfied with the results of a criminal prosecution, the victim may bring a civil action against the perpetrator. Civil redress provides chances for victims to recover for both economic losses and foreseeable future expenses that may arise. Civil suits may be brought against people or entities ...

Solution Summary

Civil suits may be brought against people or entities other than those who directly caused harm to the victim. A victim can also bring an action against others that may have been involved in bringing angst to the victim. Family or friends of a victim may also be able to bring an action against the perpetrator.

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