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Campus Sexual Assault Title IX Violations

For decades, The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. has represented survivors of sexual assault at colleges and universities in Title IX and civil litigation cases across the country. Our team is ready to listen to your story in a free, confidential consultation.

College Campus Sexual Assault Lawyers

Representing Victims of Sexual Assault in Title IX Claims Across America

Sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct have become high-profile issues on our nation’s college campuses, but they are far from new problems.

With over 5% of male undergraduate students and 23% of female undergrads reporting experiences of rape or sexual assault, according to RAINN, the Department of Education has referred to sexual misconduct as an epidemic in U.S. colleges.

Because an overwhelming number of cases are never reported, administrators have been pushed to tighten procedures and preventative measures.

At The Zalkin Law Firm, our campus sexual assault attorneys have represented victims of assault, abuse, and misconduct at colleges and institutions across the nation, helping clients navigate administrative Title IX proceedings and file civil lawsuits, seeking damages against schools that failed to properly investigate claims of campus sexual violence, or failed to protect victims.

If you were the victim of sexual assault on an academic campus, call (800) 477-2989 or contact us online for a free and confidential case review. The Zalkin Law Firm proudly represents survivors of sexual assault nationwide!

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Backed by a team of award-winning attorneys who have earned national recognition fighting on behalf of sex abuse and assault survivors, The Zalkin Law Firm has become a leader in litigating complex sex abuse and assault claims. Our campus sexual assault lawyers have represented survivors across the country, and have recovered millions in compensation on our clients’ behalves.

We’ve fought for survivors at universities nationwide, including:

  • Baylor University, TX
  • Columbia University, NY
  • Occidental College, CA
  • Delaware State University, DE
  • George Washington University, DC
  • Harvard University, MA
  • Michigan State University, MI
  • Newburyport Public School District, MA
  • San Marino Unified School District, CA
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • Yale University, CT

What is Considered Campus Sexual Assault?

Campus sexual assault refers to any sexual act or behavior that occurs within a university or college campus setting without the consent of one or more of the involved parties. It is a serious issue that can have profound physical, emotional, and psychological effects on the victims.

Here are some common forms of campus sexual assault:

  • Rape: This is non-consensual sexual intercourse or penetration. It can involve physical force, coercion, manipulation, or incapacitation of the victim through drugs or alcohol.
  • Sexual Battery: This involves unwanted touching or groping of a sexual nature, such as fondling breasts or genitals, without the victim's consent.
  • Sexual Coercion: This occurs when someone pressures or manipulates another person into engaging in sexual activity against their will. This can involve threats, intimidation, or emotional manipulation.
  • Sexual Harassment: This includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or intimidating environment.
  • Non-consensual Sexual Contact: This involves any sexual contact that occurs without the explicit consent of all parties involved. It may include kissing, touching, or other intimate acts.
  • Acquaintance Rape: This refers to sexual assault perpetrated by someone known to the victim, such as a friend, classmate, or acquaintance.
  • Date Rape: This occurs when sexual assault happens during a social or romantic encounter, such as a date, without the victim's consent.
  • Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: This involves the use of drugs or alcohol to incapacitate a victim and facilitate sexual assault. The victim may be unable to resist or may not even be aware of the assault due to being under the influence.
  • Gang Rape: This is a form of sexual assault in which multiple perpetrators participate in the assault of a single victim.

Common Signs of Campus Sexual Assault

Recognizing the signs of campus sexual assault is crucial for identifying and addressing these incidents effectively. Here are some signs that may indicate someone has experienced sexual assault on a college or university campus:

  • Physical Injuries: Unexplained injuries, bruises, scratches, or other physical signs of trauma can be indicators of sexual assault.
  • Emotional Distress: Victims of sexual assault may exhibit a range of emotional responses, including anxiety, depression, fear, anger, shame, or withdrawal. Sudden changes in mood or behavior may also be observed.
  • Sexualized Behavior: Victims may display sexualized behavior that is unusual for them, such as excessive promiscuity, or conversely, a sudden aversion to any sexual contact.
  • Substance Abuse: Increased use of drugs or alcohol may be a coping mechanism for survivors of sexual assault. Conversely, survivors may also abstain from substance use as a way to regain control or cope with trauma.
  • Academic Decline: A sudden decline in academic performance or attendance may be a sign that a student is struggling to cope with the aftermath of sexual assault.
  • Changes in Social Interactions: Victims may withdraw from social activities, isolate themselves from friends and peers, or exhibit difficulty in forming or maintaining relationships.
  • Physical Health Issues: Survivors of sexual assault may experience physical health issues such as chronic pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty sleeping, nightmares, or other sleep disturbances may be a manifestation of the psychological trauma associated with sexual assault.
  • Flashbacks or Triggers: Survivors may experience flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or intense emotional reactions triggered by reminders of the assault, such as certain locations, smells, or sounds.
  • Changes in Self-Image: Victims may experience a negative shift in self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-worth following a sexual assault. They may blame themselves for the incident or feel a sense of guilt or shame.

What You Can Do About Campus Sexual Assault

Campus sexual violence can take many forms and may happen on or off-campus, at fraternity houses, parties, bars, and anywhere college students are present. It can include inappropriate touching, molestation, and even rape. While alcohol or substance use may be involved, that’s not always the case. Many victims even know their perpetrators.

Fighting sexual assault and misconduct in our schools requires a comprehensive approach; one that melds protections and platforms for victims to make their voices heard with protocols and procedures for training staff, educators, and students on reporting, responding appropriately to allegations, and complying with rules and obligations under Title IX.

For survivors, these support systems can be helpful, but they are no substitute for seeking justice in civil actions, especially when administrative systems fail.

What is Title IX?

Today, support has grown for survivors, as have the evolving processes by which they can more confidently step forward to report misconduct and seek justice.

This includes Title IX legal protections for victims of sexual assault and other forms of gender harassment or discrimination in schools, and Title IX requirements obligate schools, universities, and educational institutions to reasonably protect victims from accused perpetrators, and provide services and support to help them to safely complete their education.

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” - Title IX

Can Filing a Title IX Claim Help My Case?

Filing a Title IX claim does not guarantee that the victim of sexual assault will receive any financial restitution for the harm they have suffered, however, it is a good place to start. Under Title IX, an educational institution may be held liable for sexual assault or harassment in court if it can be proven that the institution knew about (or should have known about) the sexual misconduct that occured.

Proving that an educational facility is liable for campus sexual assault is not an easy task. You need a skilled attorney who has experience with sexual assault and abuse cases and a track record for success.

Call For a FREE & Confidential Case Evaluation

As campus sex assault attorneys, The Zalkin Law Firm has the insight and experience to provide victims with the resources they need to find both justice and healing.

Our team is available to help clients navigate Title IX proceedings involving school administrators, and explore options for seeking accountability and compensation in the civil justice system. Our goal is to bring justice to victims.

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If you or someone you love have a potential case, we invite you to contact us to request a free case evaluation with an attorney from our firm.

Title IX & Campus Sexual Assault FAQ

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law enacted in 1972 that prohibits all educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance from engaging in conduct that discriminates on the basis of gender.

What Does Title IX Have to Do with Campus Sexual Assault?

Both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Supreme Court have recognized that students must be afforded an equal opportunity to education, regardless of sex.

When a student experiences sexual assault or sexual harassment, and a school fails to address it, that school is interfering with the victim’s right to an equal opportunity in education. Both the Education Department and SCOTUS have recognized that a school’s failure to address sexual misconduct on campus amounts to discrimination on the basis of gender, which is prohibited by Title IX.

How Common is Sexual Misconduct on Campus?

There is quite a bit of research on the frequency of sexual violence in education. The research is not unanimous, but is fairly consistent:

  • 23.1% of female undergraduates and 5.4% of male undergraduates experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (RAINN).
  • Among graduate and professional students, 8.8% of females and 2.2% of males experience sexual violence.
  • Only 20% of female student victims ages 18-24 report to law enforcement, compared to 32% of non-student females the same age who report.

I Was the Victim of Sexual Misconduct, Who Can I Report to?

If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct on campus, there are several options for reporting your crime. First, you can report to your campus, or local police department. The police will investigate, and pass your case on to the local district attorney who will then decide whether or not to file criminal charges against your assailant.

You may also report to your college’s Title IX office. The U.S. Department of Education requires schools to maintain an office for responding to reports of sexual misconduct that occur on or off campus.

What Happens When I Report to the Police?

Reporting to police will begin a criminal justice process. First, police will conduct an investigation, which includes interviews of the complainant, assailant, and any witnesses.

Law enforcement will then present their findings to the local district attorney’s office. The district attorney will decide if it wants to bring criminal charges. If a criminal indictment is filed and the assailant is convicted, they could face penalties such as probation or incarceration.

It’s important to remember that the criminal process does not involve a school who may have failed to prevent or respond to your sexual assault. Only a civil lawsuit can address that.

What Happens When I Report to My School?

Every school has a federal obligation to respond to a report of sexual misconduct. Often, the school will initiate a formal investigation into your report. This may include interviews of you and your assailant, as well as any witnesses.

After a formal investigation, the school will usually hold a formal hearing to determine whether to sanction your assailant.

The U.S. Department of Education has published guidance documents that schools must follow while conducting an investigation and ultimately adjudicating a report of sexual misconduct under Title IX.

Schools must also take interim measures to ensure a complainant’s safety and wellbeing on campus throughout the course of an investigation and adjudication process. Often, this means a school will issue a “no-contact order” restricting the assailant’s ability to interact with the complainant.

Other measures include academic and housing accommodations to ensure that the process does not interfere with the complainant’s right to an educational experience free from sexual discrimination.

What Are My Civil Rights Under Title IX?

If you are the survivor of sexual assault, abuse, or misconduct on or off-campus, you have civil rights and may be able to file a civil lawsuit for monetary damages. Title IX requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to respond to reports of sexual misconduct in a way that is not “clearly unreasonable.”

If your school did not respond reasonably to your report of sexual misconduct, or if it ignored sexual misconduct being committed on campus, you may be entitled to compensation for these failures. The best way to learn about your civil rights is to contact an experienced attorney at The Zalkin Law Firm for a free consultation.

What’s the Difference Between a Civil and Criminal Case?

A criminal case is brought on behalf of the government by the district attorney’s office, whereas a civil lawsuit is brought by a private individual with private attorneys.

In a criminal case, the prosecutor must be able to prove the case beyond any reasonable doubt, the highest burden of proof. The outcome for the defendant if found guilty in a criminal trial is imprisonment and/or probation.

In a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks liability for their damages. In a civil claim, Plaintiffs must prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence - in other words, was it more likely true than not, a much lower burden of proof than beyond a reasonable doubt.

In criminal cases, only the individual alleged to have committed the crime is prosecuted. In a civil lawsuit, a Plaintiff can sue not only the accused individual, but also any individuals or entities that may have failed to prevent or respond appropriately. A Title IX lawsuit is a civil lawsuit.

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