When people go to educational institutions, their goal is to become better, smarter people. Whether they are attending high school, college, or any other higher learning institution, they deserve to learn in a safe, supportive environment. Unfortunately, though, some campuses fail to provide this type of environment, which can lead to various types of abuse.
Even worse, this abuse is sometimes sexual in nature, which can have lasting and damaging effects. Thankfully, there are lawyers who can help victims of these situations. If the campus failed to protect students in some way, it makes sense to seek justice. Sadly, though, many people are unaware that their experiences count as victimization. For this reason, every student must educate themselves on the common types of campus sexual abuse.
Any type of sexual abuse can be traumatic, especially rape. When a person is forced into sexual activity by another person, this counts as rape. On campuses, it may take the form of violent, forcible rape, date rape, being drugged and raped, and more. If you have experienced rape on campus, in campus housing, at any campus-related function, or from someone you met on campus, speak with a lawyer. A good one will listen with sensitivity to the details of your experience and lay out possible ways in which you could seek justice to right the horrible wrong that has been committed.
Statutory rape occurs when an underage person or minor engages or is forced into sexual contact with an adult. The age of consent, meaning the age at which a person is thought to be old enough to engage in wanted sexual behavior, varies by state. However, if the laws in your state render it so that sexual contact you or a loved one has experienced was illegal, you may have a case. On campuses, statutory rape often takes the form of teachers or other people in power taking advantage of younger students, which is problematic in and of itself. Fortunately, many parents and victims themselves often come forward to seek help in these situations. The best choice is typically a lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases specifically.
Many types of sexual abuse involve actual, physical contact between two or more people. However, not all do. Sexual harassment on campuses is just as serious as rape or other abuse involving contact. Students or others who have been given unfair grades based on gender, targeted by those in authority or others, or denied opportunities based on gender or saying no to sexual advances are all victims of sexual harassment. This harassment can take many other forms as well. Thus, if you even think you have experienced it, speak with a lawyer.
No one deserves to be sexually abused on a campus or anywhere else. As such, report any abuse you or a loved one have experienced. Then, take things a step further and also speak with an attorney. A campus sexual abuse lawyer can provide further information.