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Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment happen all too frequently on high school and college campuses throughout the United States. And while high school and college campuses are supposed to be safe places that foster learning and creativity, the sad truth is that sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual violence occur at an alarming rate. Students that are subjected to sexual violence face an uphill battle – their physical well being is not only compromised, but so is their ability to learn and continue with their education. Survivors of sexual assault on campus are more likely to drop out of school, develop self-destructive behaviors, and are also more likely to commit suicide.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), One in every 3 to 4 girls, and one in 5 to 7 boys are sexually assaulted before they even leave high school. While the cases the media publicizes about rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in high schools usually involve adults (teacher, coach, counselor, school staff member, etc.) harming students, there are many incidents that involve students being attacked by other students. According to an Associated Press study, for every sexual assault reported on a school campus by an adult to a student, there were seven student on student sexual assaults on campus. Sexual assault can happen anywhere on campus – in a bathroom, on a playground, on a school bus, an empty classroom, locker rooms, and even school hallways and closets.
According to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, for the 2015-2016 school year (most recent statistics available), there were 9,300 cases of sexual assault (other than rape) in America’s K-12 school systems reported. There were 400 cases of rape or attempted rape reported. There were a total of 135,200 allegations of harassment or bullying reported for the same school year, with 41% involving sexual harassment.
The following media stories are just a few of the reported incidents that highlight the problem of sexual harassment and assault in high schools:
According to RAINN, college-aged women between 18-24 are at an increased risk of being sexually attacked. To put things into a better perspective, for every robbery that takes place on campus, there are 2 sexual attacks. Among all undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S., 11.2% have experienced rape or sexual assault. Women represent 8.8% of this group and men make up the other 2.2%.
The following are just a few of the many cases where college students were the victims of sexual assaults on campus:
Under federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 strictly prohibits sexual discrimination in schools – this includes high schools, colleges, and universities. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are also covered under Title IX.
High schools, colleges, and universities are absolutely required to have protocols in place for handling any cases of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. As soon as a school is notified that a student has been the victim of a sexual attack, they must take appropriate action to launch an investigation into the matter so that they can stop any violence or harassment and prevent it from happening in the future.
In order to successfully prove that the high school or college campus is liable for a sexual assault committed by another student or staff member, the victim needs to show that:
Our Florida Sexual Assault Victims Attorneys are here to offer free and confidential consultations to those who have survived sexual harassment or sexual assaults on campus. We want to hold your attacker and the campus the school that let this happen liable for their actions.
We are proud to represent victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us nothing for any legal services we provide you unless we recover a financial award on your behalf. We welcome you to contact us today online or call us 24/7 at 866-608-5529 for a free consultation where we can answer any questions you may have.
We represent victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment throughout the state of Florida, including the counties of Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, Pinellas, Lake, Sumter, Marion, Alachua, Levy, Hillsborough, and Palm Beach.