Generally, humans are unpredictable so it is impossible for a property or business owner to prepare for every circumstance. Therefore, proving negligence in California is not always easy.
College Campus. College campuses are common grounds for sexual assault, not only from outsiders but from people within the school. For example, two students from the University of Illinois successfully filed a premises liability suit against the school for not firing a professor who assaulted them. The students proved the school’s negligence by showing that the professor has been repeatedly reported and the school had done nothing about it.
Poor Lighting. In New York City, a 21-year-old victim filed a premises liability lawsuit against Eagle Scaffolding Services because the company failed to properly light the area which gave her sexual attacker room to hide.
Negligent Security. California schools have come under scrutiny as bullying and sexual assault cases have become more prevalent. Parents took action against a school, claiming that the school provided negligent supervision and inadequate protection. Settlement amounts ran into the millions.
Gym. Equinox Gym has been found liable for the alleged sexual attack of a gym member. The victim claims that because the gym failed to take action against an already accused member, they were responsible for the crime.
Apartment. In certain cases, apartment owners may be held liable for the safety of their tenants. This includes increasing security after a sexual assault.