Assault victim sues SAFV for 2012 attack
by Pinedale Online!
November 3, 2014
A woman who was brutally attacked while staying at the Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence (SAFV) house in Pinedale in 2012 is now suing the organization saying they failed to protect her from harm.
Kristi Kemp filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne on October 23rd asking for $3.1 million for severe physical, emotional and mental damages. Kemp and her young daughter were staying at the SAFV facility in Pinedale for about a month and a half. In the early hours of October 24, 2012 an intruder broke into the SAFV house and beat the woman violently as she slept, causing severe injuries including multiple skull fractures.
A man who has been charged with attacking her is currently in the Sublette County jail awaiting trial early next year. He is also charged with breaking into the homes of two other women in Pinedale, allegedly also violently beating them while they were sleeping in their homes. He faces multiple counts of attempted murder in the serial attacks.
Kempís suit claims she now has permanent physical and psychological injuries from that attack. Her $3.1 million lawsuit includes $1 million for estimated pain and suffering; $1 million estimated loss of enjoyment of life: $1 million for estimated loss of income; and $100,000 for past and future medical bills. The suit says the organization was negligent when they failed to replace a faulty lock on a door and deactivated an alarm system in the building.
Kemp is being represented by Lubing & Corrigan, LLC, attorneys in Jackson, Wyoming. She has since moved away and now resides in North Dakota.
SAFV has 30 days since the date of the filing to respond to the complaint.
SAFV is a Wyoming non-profit corporation. It is not a part of Sublette County government. SAFV Executive Director Robin Clover issued the following statement on Monday, November 3rd: "Protecting client confidentiality is a cornerstone of the Sublette County Sexual Assault Family Violence (SAFV) Task Forceís mission of providing protection, assistance, and support to the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To that end, it is our practice to not comment on any ongoing criminal or civil cases. This lawsuit is no exception. Thank you for your understanding."