Connecticut Campus Sexual Abuse Lawyer
When we send our children to college, we expect a safe and nurturing environment that will both educate and mold them. The last thing we expect is that they will be assaulted. Unfortunately, campus sexual assault is a reality that has been occurring around the country for many years, even if it has only recently begun drawing national attention.
Residents of the area are very familiar with our many fine institutes of higher learning, and these campuses have become an integral part of our local culture. Yale is obviously one of the most respected universities in the world. But other area colleges, such as Quinnipiac, University of New Haven, and Wesleyan, as well as vocational schools, art colleges, and other post-high school programs, have large student bodies and attract people from all over. Each school has the same responsibility: to provide a safe environment that protects students from assault of any kind.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that happens without the explicit consent of the recipient. This can include forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. Not all of these categories normally apply to students on college campuses, but it is very important to note that all Connecticut laws regarding sexual assault do apply.
The number of reported on-campus sexual assaults is on the rise throughout the country. This doesn’t necessarily mean more crimes are happening, just that victims are more willing to come forward. Sexual assault can happen anywhere at any time - at fraternity parties, at bars, in dorm rooms, or any location where students are present. It doesn’t even have to be on campus if it involves two university students.
In many instances, the victim is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but this does not stop it from being a crime. Just because a victim was inebriated does not excuse a perpetrator of sexual assault.
It is a common myth that crimes that occur on campus between students can only be adjudicated through university protocols. It is true that most colleges have their own police force and rules that govern student behavior, but these do not supersede state or federal laws. It would definitely be a mistake for victims of campus sexual assault to leave it to their university to prosecute their case for them.
Many universities are finding that their student bylaws are not capable of handling complicated cases involving rape and sexual assault. It is imperative for victims to seek the advice of an experienced Connecticut sexual assault attorney who understands the trauma and stigma involved. An attorney is a neutral party who can work to protect the victim and compensate her for the injuries she has suffered.
What Can You Do About Sexual Assault?
Many victims of sexual crimes are hesitant to come forward. Our society has a long, sad history of stigmatizing victims. In many cases, the victim will know who the perpetrator is, and he or she will be part of the same friend group. It is easy for victims to begin doubting their experience, and have second thoughts about what really happened. They may have a sense that somehow they were at fault.
It requires great courage to come forward, but doing so can help prevent future assaults: by bringing charges against the accused, by showing other victims that they don’t need to be afraid, and by showing the university that there is a problem and they need to take action to prevent further crimes. There are many services out there that help victims, providing counseling and medical treatment.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of campus sexual assault, the experienced and compassionate legal team at Naizby Law has the resources and knowledge to help protect your rights and secure your future. We will investigate and do our utmost to find just compensation. Call one of our representatives today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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