A civil lawsuit has been submitted against two Victoria actual estate brokers and the enterprise that utilized them, the pair accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a female.
In a civil claim submitted in the Supreme Courtroom Sept. 29, the girl – referred to as J.K. to shield her identification – claims that actual estate agents Bowman Rutledge and Andy Rogers drugged and sexually assaulted her in the Engel and Volkers Vancouver Island office environment in the summer of 2018.
In accordance to the claim, Rutledge and Rogers experienced marketed J.K.’s household. The two gentlemen are accused of inquiring her out for a celebratory consume, prior to asking her to accompany them to their place of work so they could scan or print a doc for do the job.
There, it is alleged that Rutledge and Rogers provided J.K. a drugged glass of wine ahead of each males sexually assaulted her orally and vaginally.
The assertion of claim suggests that J.K. has because endured from post-traumatic strain disorder, panic and depression, diminished self-worthy of, recurring nightmares, reduction of satisfaction of life, and impaired potential to have confidence in. She is declaring damages for the previous and long term cost of overall health care products and services, among the other people.
Though Rutledge and Rogers are answerable for their alleged unlawful actions while in positions of electricity, Engel and Volkers and Island Team Services are being accused of negligence and encouraging that behaviour. The two businesses “fostered an environment that encouraged reckless and hazardous behaviour toward gals,” the match claims, incorporating that the corporations must have vetted the adult males just before them, resolved their allegedly extreme drug and liquor use and substantial-possibility behaviour, and established and enforced a policy prohibiting sexual interactions between agents and their clients.
J.K.’s allegations were being only made publicly regarded numerous a long time later when her expertise was posted to a social media web site for Vancouver Island survivors of sexual assault. By that time, in March, Rutledge and Rogers experienced moved on from Engel and Volkers and ended up functioning at The Company actual estate corporation instead. In just times of the social media write-up, The Agency fired the two guys.
As of Oct. 4, there have been no responses built to the civil claim from the agents nor other individuals named. None of the allegations have been analyzed in courtroom.
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