Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.
It is widely known that sexual assault and campus rapes are vastly underreported crimes. These sex crimes can include rape, date rape, acquaintance rape (friend, classmate, ex-boyfriend), stalking and dating violence. Some crimes are even committed by college athletes including football players and lacrosse players and are often in situations involving gang rape. These crimes may occur in dorm rooms, off-campus housing, fraternity house, sorority house, a bar, on the college campus and during spring breaks.
According to the National Institute of Justice, a substantial proportion of female students — between 18 and 20 percent — experience rape or some other form of sexual assault during their college years.
College students, many freshman and sophomores, are victims of attempted rape or completed rape, either by force (force raped) or while they were legal incapacitated (incapacitated rape) due to alcohol or drugs, making consent to sex impossible.
It is also important to remember that men can also be the victim of sexual assault on college campuses.
There has been major reform and educational efforts at colleges and universities across the country. A Federal judge ruled that Title IX’s civil rights standards for addressing sexual assault on campus were not weakened by the 2013 Campus SaVE Act; which amended The Jeanne Clery Act, which addresses campus sexual assault policies. The federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, includes new guidelines for the kinds of training that colleges and universities will be required to give students.
Schools may require incoming freshman to receive training on sexual assaults and healthy relationships. Students receive bystander-awareness training to prevent sexual assaults and sexual batteries. Students can learn their rights on the Not Alone government website. There are also student surveys and new reporting requirements for school staff, professors, administrators and campus security.
Crime victims have an opportunity to pursue both criminal and civil litigation. We help survivors with civil matters to hold their perpetrator accountable as well as their college or university or others for any negligence on the part of the school for failing to follow best practices and Title IX regulations in dealing with the assailant.
We accept cases involving all colleges and universities throughout the United States and Florida, including but not limited to:
The attorneys of Farmer Jaffe Weissing can represent victims of campus sexual assault, both men and women, and students in civil litigation matters. If you have been a victim of a sexual assault, rape, or violent crime on a college campus, contact our sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights.