Sexual abuse, assault, and harassment are prevalent on college campuses across the country. Campus sexual assault can occur at parties, student housing, libraries, parking lots, athletic events, and public and communal spaces.
According to RAINN, sexual violence is more prevalent in college compared to other crimes. More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November. This period is known as the Red Zone. Students are at increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters of college.
If you have been sexually assaulted on campus, during a school-organized program, athletic event, or fraternity/sorority event the college has certain obligations under Title IX. In addition to reporting to your school or the police, you can seek legal advice from an attorney to understand your rights and statutes of limitations.
Contact us online or call (619) 342-8000 for a free initial case evaluation to learn more about how we can help you during this sensitive time.
Title IX includes legal protections for victims of sexual assault and other forms of gender harassment or discrimination in schools. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal or financial assistance. Any school, library, or museum that receives federal funding must comply.
Each school is required to have a designated Title IX Coordinator. A report can be filed using the institution’s grievance process and/or with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). There are deadlines for the time to file for each method. It is separate from the criminal and civil justice process and will not result in criminal charges or a civil lawsuit.
You can seek criminal or civil justice. Criminal justice involves reporting the offender to the police. The police will investigate, and a district attorney will determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute. Unfortunately, the burden of proof is extremely high and often ends with the case being closed for lack of evidence.
Civil justice has a much lower burden of proof and can often be the only source of justice for a survivor of sexual assault. At Haeggquist & Eck, we fight on behalf of survivors of sexual assault to hold all parties accountable.
We are sorry someone preyed upon you while you were vulnerable. You never deserve to be sexually assaulted regardless of the circumstances. If you are too drunk to drive, you are too drunk to consent. We are here to support you and will never judge you or the circumstances.
Call Haeggquist & Eck if you have been sexually assaulted or harassed at any of these locations or by these offenders:
We are here for you. We believe you. You do not have to go through this alone. We will listen without judgment. We will provide trauma-informed support every step of the way. When you call Haeggquist & Eck, your conversation is free and confidential. You are never under any obligation to pursue a case. There are never any upfront fees. You only pay when we win your case. For more information, reach out to a sexual abuse attorney.
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