College Sexual Assault and Harassment Lawyer

California College Sexual Assault Attorney

THE STARTLING FACTS

California college sex assaults and harassment based on gender and sexual orientation are rampant. 1 in 5 female college students have experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college. Underage drinking, frat house environments and college parties often result in women (and men) being taken advantage of. Additionally, harassment based on one’s sexual orientation is prevalent throughout every campus and university in California. Sadly, sex abusers often go unpunished because most victims of student sexual assault and harassment are too afraid, or ashamed to report the abuse.

The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network found that only 20% of female student sexual assault victims between 18-24 report to law enforcement and only 32% of nonstudent females the same age file a report. There are many reasons why survivors are hesitant to report these crimes, including fear of retaliation, fear of losing friends and fear of becoming unpopular or isolated from social groups.

But if you are the victim of college sexual assault or harassment in California, it is important to remember that the law is on your side. Sex abusers must be held accountable. Under California law, victims are entitled to justice and they have the right to fully heal from past sexual trauma.

In addition to the perpetrator who commits the abuse or harassment, California colleges and universities may also be held liable for failing to protect and accommodate you.

CALIFORNIA AND FEDERAL LAW REGARDING COLLEGE SEX ASSAULT

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sexual discrimination in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. In California, Education Code 220 mandates that all college and university campuses protect students from sexual assault and harassment.

This definition of discrimination includes rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Schools with federal funding can be held legally responsible when a sexual assault occurs on campus or in one of its programs or activities if the school was aware of the sexual misconduct or did not do enough to prevent it.

Each California school is required to take appropriate steps when a victim of abuse or harassment reports the issue to school officials. California campuses are required to:

  • Conduct a formal investigation
  • Provide the victim with protection from predators
  • Provide the victim with appropriate accommodations
  • Provide the victim with counseling options
  • Report the abuse to law enforcement
  • Compile data regarding crimes such as sex abuse/harassment and make this data available to federal and state governments
  • Alert other students and employees of any known risks to their safety
  • Punish abusers appropriately
  • Prevent future harm

Every California school has a legal duty to provide a safe campus environment for its students and to properly investigate accusations of sexual assault. If they fail to do so, or if they engage in a cover-up of the abuse, the college is liable to the victim for compensation.

COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES IN CALIFORNIA

California college sex assault and harassment survivors are entitled to compensation for all damages, including:

  • Medical treatment for physical injuries
  • Psychiatric treatment and psychological treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life

PUT YOUR TRUST IN EXPERIENCED CALIFORNIA SEX ASSAULT LAWYERS

Craig Charles Law understands the devastating impact that sex assault or sexual harassment can play in the lives of young adults. The lasting effects can interfere with work, one’s social life and the ability to form lasting relationships.

Our experienced team of dedicated sex assault and sexual harassment attorneys takes a wholistic legal approach to helping each sex assault client. Not only do we fight zealously to achieve maximum compensation in your civil lawsuit, but we also work closely to ensure that criminal charges are pursued on your behalf. In addition, we provide you with access to the best mental health professionals who help you heal from the sexual trauma you’ve experienced.

Call Craig Charles Law today for a free, confidential phone call to discuss your legal rights under California and federal law. We are a gay friendly, LGBTQIA affirming law practice. Put your trust in us and allow us to put our experience to work for you. Call 424-343-0660.

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