Campus sexual assault has hit the headlines of almost every newspaper, online media site, and news broadcast numerous times over the past year. In places where knowledge, compassion, and equality should be key, sexual violence seems to be at the forefront of the conversation.
Just how deep is the problem? Take a look at a few recent statistics:
With numbers like these and more frightening statistics pouring in by the day, it’s clear that sexual assault is, and has been for some time, a problem on college campuses. Some women, however, are reluctant to make reports because they don’t understand exactly what constitutes assault. The U.S. Department of Justice has a fairly broad definition. They’ve suggested that ANY sexual behavior that occurs without the victim’s express consent is sexual assault, so whether it’s inappropriate touching, molestation, or rape, victims have a right to be heard and find justice. Even if you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, it doesn’t negate the fact that you were assaulted.
If you’ve been a victim of campus sexual assault, the first step is admitting it happened. You can do that through a rape crisis hotline, a friend, or someone else you trust. From there, contacting a sexual abuse attorney should be your next step. With the resources necessary to help you find the justice you deserve, an attorney can not only start the process of reporting the incident to college officials and the legal authorities, but they can also connect you with professionals who can help you deal with the consequences of this horrible crime.
Campus sexual assault is something no individual should have to face. Contact the sexual assault attorneys at the Zalkin Law Firm for help now.
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