Los Angeles Campus Sexual Assault Lawyer
Protecting Students' Right to Safety in Los Angeles
Students must be protected from sexual assault by teachers, administrators, coaches, and other students. Universities and schools are responsible for providing students with reasonable safety measures to ensure sexual assault does not happen. Unfortunately, students are not always protected. If you were the victim of sexual assault at school, there’s a way for you to get justice.
Contact a Los Angeles campus sexual assault attorney from Alan Burton Newman, PLC at (310) 986-2792 for a free case evaluation.
California Law: Fighting Assault
Because of studies concerning sexual violence on college campuses, the California Attorney General has changed the state’s approach to campus sexual assault. 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, most sexual assault cases go unreported by victims.
Campus Sexual Assault Statistics
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.
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 or alcohol or due to force or the threat of force. Almost 11% of these cases involved sexual assault in the form of penetration or oral sex.
The study also found that most students do not report the assault to administration. Depending on the nature of the assault that took place, the percentage of students who reported what happened was between 5% and 28%.
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 act against the guilty party, as well as anyone who knew about the sexual abuse but failed to prevent it. You may also be able to seek reparations for the long-term suffering caused by because 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
Why Don’t Students Report Campus Sexual Assault?
Students who do not report sexual assault claim they are afraid it wasn’t serious enough. Others state that they are embarrassed or struggling with emotional trauma. However, it’s important to for students to know that they have a voice and it will be heard.
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. We know that rape is not a victimless crime and that it cuts to the core of an individual’s confidence in the world. Our firm strives to fight for the justice that helps rape victims during one of the most difficult times in their life.
You Deserve the Voice of a Super Hero Los Angeles 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. When you contact Alan Burton Newman, you receive the help of a Harvard-trained lawyer who has a history of obtaining results for clients and is a pioneer in sexual assault law. Our firm has the resources and expertise needed to protect your privacy while launching an investigation that will seek to provide you with your deserved compensation.
Contact our Los Angeles campus sexual assault attorney today at (310) 986-2792.
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