Articles Posted in Sexual Assault

saneej-kallingal-696189-unsplash-copy-300x200Leaving Neverland, the documentary outlining the sexual assault two young boys experienced at the hands of Michael Jackson, aired for two nights on HBO this past week. In the documentary, the boys recounted how Jackson not only abused them, but threatened them with the prospect of jail if they were to tell anyone. The boys were 7 and 10 at the time the abuse took place.

The documentary was graphic, sparing no detail, and was difficult to watch. It was an important documentary though, as hopefully it now gives sexual assault victims the voice they need to come forward and to know their story will be believed. It is important that any victim of sexual assault understands that they too, can come forward, even if not to pursue criminal charges. In California, it is also possible to file a civil lawsuit to claim compensation for this type of abuse.

Types of Sexual Assault University of California recently released information stating it investigated 113 cases of sexual misconduct filed against faculty or staff across its 10 campuses between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 6, 2016. The information provided is troubling, particularly in light of the sexual assault epidemic occurring across the nation’s university campuses. Sexual offenses such as harassment, assault, and rape lead to significant physical and emotional injuries, yet U.S. colleges and universities are coming under fire for doing little to prevent sexual violence, improperly investigating claims of assault, and not punishing the perpetrators.

When students who are victims of sexual assault cannot turn to their schools for help, they may not know where to go. If they suffered injuries, they should contact a San Francisco injury lawyer from Brod Law Firm as soon as possible. They may have a civil claim for monetary damages based on sexual abuse or assault.

University of California’s Sexual Misconduct Statistics

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