Washington DC Sexual Assault Lawyers
Find Protection From Sexual Assault on College Campuses in DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland
Unfortunately, crimes of sexual violence are becoming increasingly more common at colleges and universities across the country. In fact, according to a 2014 White House Report, one in five women are sexually assaulted during either their freshman or sophomore year, and men are at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence as well. Sexual assault encompasses a wide variety of incidents, but all involve some type of sexual contact by an attacker to which the victim did not give consent.
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Effects of Sexual Assault on Victims
Beyond the serious physical pain and injuries, victims of sexual assault may endure lifelong emotional trauma. They may suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, fear, and a host of other issues that stem from the incident itself. Many times, victims will be so traumatized that they are unable to concentrate on schoolwork, participate in activities, and continue with their studies.
How Can You Hold an Institution Liable?
In regard to sexual assault cases, you may be able to obtain justice both through the criminal and civil court system. Even if you have not been able to win your case in criminal court, it is still possible to receive civil damages. From failing to have effective policies in place that prevent sexual assault to staff that fail to enforce these policies to an environment that lends itself to occurrences of sexual assault, there are many ways in which the institution may have failed to exercise its proper duty.
Some ways in which an institution may be held liable for your sexual assault damages include:
- Poor or negligent security
- Failure to protect students in on-campus housing
- Failure to comply with laws and best practices regarding sexual assault
- Liability for acts of their employees
- Any instances of fraud or similar issues
- Creating a climate that doesn’t guard against sexual assault
Contact our Washington DC Sexual Assault Lawyers today at (202) 232-6400!