Los Angeles Campus Sexual Assault Lawyer
Protecting Students’ Right to Safety
Students have a right to be free from sexual assault by teachers, administrators,
coaches and other students. Universities and schools are responsible to
provide students with reasonable safety measures to ensure sexual assault
do not happen. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you were
the victim of sexual assault at school, take action immediately.
Contact a Los Angeles campus sexual assault attorney at Alan Burton Newman,
PLC for a
free case evaluation.
California Law: Taking Action Against Assault
In light of recent studies concerning sexual violence on college campuses,
the California Attorney General has changed the state’s approach
to campus sexual assault. As a result, schools are now required to report
such activity to law enforcement immediately upon receiving information
concerning a sexual assault. Unfortunately, even with these protections
in place, the majority of sexual assault cases go unreported by victims.
Sexual Assault on College Campuses—From the Headlines to the Courtroom
Recent headlines have focused on the sexual assault cases that have often
gone unnoticed in universities in America. Throughout the last couple
of years, this topic has constituted a major hot button issue both in
the media and in the discussions and decisions of educators and faculty
boards. The discussion about consent continues to rage on.
Many students have come forward as victims. As a result, more and more
campuses are encouraging and implementing strict policies requiring explicit
consent before any type of sexual activity takes place. The goal is to
protect students—both male and female—from dangerous situations
and coerced sexual encounters.
Statistics on Campus Sexual Assault
So how big is this problem? According to a
survey published by the Association of American Universities (AAU), it is a serious issue. This survey involved over 150,000 students in
27 universities from across the United States, including all Ivy League
schools except for Princeton along with other prestigious colleges.
The study found that approximately 23% of female undergraduate college
students interviewed stated that they had experienced unwanted sexual
advancements in some form while incapacitated due to drugs and / or alcohol
or due to force / the threat of force. Almost 11% of these cases involved
sexual assault in the form of penetration / oral sex.
The study also found that most students didn’t take action after
the assault by reporting the incident to a school administrator or official.
Depending on the nature of the assault that took place, the percentage
of students who actually reported what happened was between 5% and 28%.
Why Don’t Students Report Campus Sexual Assault?
Students who did not report assault said that they did not feel their situation
was “serious enough.” Others stated that they were “embarrassed,
ashamed, or that it would be too emotionally difficult.” Still others
believed that there was no point in reporting the abuse because they thought
nothing would be done about it.
The victim blaming mentality has clearly influenced many students who deserve
attention, respect, compassion, and advocacy. Our firm strives to support
students who have been victimized by campus sexual assault. The old myth
that “legitimate” rape is perpetrated by a stranger in a back
alley is patently false. Rape victims are four times more likely to have
been victimized by somebody they know as opposed to a stranger, according
to the National Center for Victims of Crime, a division of the United
States Department of Justice.
What to Do If You Have a Case
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse or other violence, you should
report the offense as soon as possible. Schools are legally obligated to conduct an immediate investigation and
take appropriate action against the offending party, firing the teacher
or administrator or, if the offending party is a student, expelling the
student. This investigation must take place in a manner which protects
the right of privacy of the student victim.
Additionally, it may be in your best interest to
pursue a civil lawsuit. Through a lawsuit, you may be able to take action against the guilty
party, as well as anyone who knew about the sexual abuse but failed to
prevent it. You may be also able to seek reparations for the long-term
suffering that can come as a result of sexual abuse. With the help of
a trial attorney, you can pursue justice in a court of law.
Through litigation, you may be able to recover damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental impairment
- Other current and future costs
Start Your Case with a Los Angeles, CA Employment Lawyer
Though litigation cannot undo the suffering caused by sexual abuse or assault,
it can help a student obtain justice and the resources they need during
recovery. I highly recommend that student victims
contact Alan Burton Newman, PLC immediately for a case evaluation. As a Harvard graduate with an impressive legal track record, I have the
expertise needed to protect a student during an investigation and obtain
appropriate compensation for what has happened. Don’t prolong your
case—seek justice today with an experienced litigation lawyer in