TripAdvisor, a popular website for travel information, will now add a special badge to hotels where Sexual Assaults have occurred. This means when someone researches a hotel in Denver or Castle Rock, they will be able to see if within the last 3 months, a sex assault or rape was reported at that address. The company says that the badges are just supposed to inform and not punish, but what are the real consequences here? Are there really certain hotels where so many rapes have occurred that people should be nervous about being there? What about false accusations? It just seems like such a ridiculous step, and not important information that a consumer would need to know before scheduling a reservation.
TripAdvisor and Denver Sex Assault Attorney: Definition of Sexual Assault in Adams and Jefferson County
The Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402 – is:
(a) The actor causes submission of the victim by means of sufficient consequence reasonably calculated to cause submission against the victim’s will; or
(b) The actor knows that the victim is incapable of appraising the nature of the victim’s conduct; or
(c) The actor knows that the victim submits erroneously, believing the actor to be the victim’s spouse; or
(d) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim; or
(e) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is at least fifteen years of age but less than seventeen years of age and the actor is at least ten years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim; or
(h) The victim is physically helpless and the actor knows the victim is physically helpless and the victim has not consented.
An accusation of any of the above could result in bad publicity for the hotel where it allegedly occurred. Having handled many Sexual Assault cases, we know how serious an allegation of sex assault is. Having an experienced defense attorney will make all the difference if you are facing this class 2, class 3, or class 4 felony crime.