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College Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Over the past five years, the number of college sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania has increased by an average of 15%. It is estimated that around 70% of college students have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. This is a frightening statistic. It is also an important reminder that college students should not take their safety for granted.

Victims of college or university campus sexual abuse frequently ask:

  • How many college students are sexually assaulted each year?
  • What is Title IX?
  • How many sexual assaults go unreported on college campuses?
  • How do college campuses deal with sexual assault?
  • How is evidence collected in college sexual assault cases?

Fighting For Justice For College Sexual Abuse Survivors

In Pennsylvania, college students have the right to sue the perpetrator of their sexual assault. The victim does not need to be in a relationship with the perpetrator to sue. Our college sexual abuse lawyers in Pennsylvania offer legal guidance to those in Philadelphia as well as the rest of the state. Our team offers survivors free, confidential consultations to answer any questions victims may have regarding how to hold their perpetrators and other third parties accountable. Call today to learn more.

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What Should I Do If I Was the Victim of Sexual Abuse on a College Campus?

It is a traumatic experience to be the victim of sexual abuse on college campuses in Pennsylvania. In 2018, there were over 2,000 reported cases of college sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, it is a very real issue that must be addressed. If you were the victim of this type of crime, here are some steps to take:

  1. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to seek medical assistance immediately following an incident of sexual abuse so that any physical evidence can be collected in case legal action needs to be taken. Depending on the situation, you may also need emotional support from a professional therapist or psychiatric counselor.
  2. Contact law enforcement authorities. Even if you do not wish to press charges, it’s important for law enforcement authorities to be aware of what has happened and have the appropriate documentation if needed at a later time. Additionally, document everything related to the crime (including photographs) and keep all records collected along with any messages or conversations (text/emails/calls) that took place before and after the event took place in case they become relevant later on.
  3. Contact your school’s Title IX office. Report the issue to the department or other campus resource center for help and advice regarding your rights and resources open to victims, such as counseling services, academic assistance, and access to accommodations that may help you feel safe again, such as changing residence hall assignments or class schedules if necessary.
  4. Call an experienced sexual abuse law firm. If legal action is taken against the perpetrator, there are many organizations available that can provide assistance with filing or understanding criminal complaints or civil suits against both individuals and institutions involved in cases such as yours.
  5. Reach out for support from friends and family. Contact those who can provide emotional support during this difficult time - it's sometimes even more helpful than physical help when dealing with sensitive matters such as these since feelings may be stronger than facts initially, especially during the aftermath.

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What Legal Actions Are Available to College Sexual Abuse Victims?

Sexual abuse is a serious crime, and the state of Pennsylvania has developed laws that allow victims to seek justice for the wrongs committed against them. The process of seeking legal action may be intimidating and confusing, but armed with knowledge, victims can make informed decisions about their rights and options when they are ready to take action.

Those who were sexually abused while attending a college in Pennsylvania have several legal actions available to them. One option is to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator or their employers. This type of case allows victims to seek compensation for any damage they have suffered as a result of the abuse.

Additionally, victims may also consider filing criminal charges against the abuser if they meet certain criteria. Under Pennsylvania law, prosecutors may bring charges regardless of how much time has passed since the incident occurred, provided there is enough evidence for a conviction. Victims should contact an experienced attorney for assistance navigating these laws and determining other legal options.

Laws That Protect Victims of College Sexual Assault 

Most colleges and universities will have internal disciplinary procedures in place to address sexual abuse on campus that may be used by victims wishing to stay within the institution. As part of this process, students are entitled to protection such as access to legal counsel, victim advocacy services, and anonymity if desired. 

To ensure college compliance with these laws, in addition to providing support services for survivors, Pennsylvania introduced mandatory annual Title IX training requirements for all faculty and staff two years ago. By understanding this program's mandates, key stakeholders can help minimize such cases at educational institutions throughout the state while ensuring justice and healing for victims everywhere.

Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault Protections Under Title IX

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 protects students in educational programs and activities from sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. This protection applies regardless of gender, religion, race, or ethnicity.
  • To begin complying with Title IX, schools should first make sure that their policies and procedures specifically address these issues. Schools also need to train staff members to recognize possible misconduct and handle complaints or reports that arise. Lastly, schools should have an effective grievance process in place so that victims have a way to make formal complaints and get connected with the appropriate resources they may need.
  • By taking these steps to protect their students from negative experiences such as sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault, schools are making a clear statement that they are committed to providing safe environments free from any type of misconduct or harm.

Consequences for Non-Compliance with Title IX Laws

  • Schools that do not comply with Title IX can lose federal funding and possibly face a lawsuit. Therefore, it is important for all schools to be aware of their obligations under the law. Schools must take reasonable steps to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault from occurring on campus or at school events.

What Are the Statute of Limitations for PA College Sexual Abuse and Assault Claims?

Pennsylvania has a law in place to protect victims of sexual violence and abuse in educational institutions, known as the 'Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights. This act outlines the statute of limitations relevant to Pennsylvania college sexual assault and abuse cases, which is two years from the date of the incident or one year after the victim turns 18 years old.

In addition to this timeline limit, survivors must take into account other important considerations when filing a claim. Firstly, a crime report must be filed with the police as soon as possible following an incident; otherwise, it can be difficult for victims to prove their case. Secondly, any communication with the college or other parties about their experience must generally follow the instructions outlined by Pennsylvania's Department of Education.

Statistics show that many sexual assaults against college students go unreported due to fear or mistrust in reporting systems. Furthermore, some survivors have been denied compensation due to delayed reporting or false accusations made against them by their accused aggressor. It is, therefore, essential for students to understand all legal requirements regarding filing complaints and protecting their rights.

What is College Hazing in Pennsylvania?

College hazing in Pennsylvania is defined as any activity by a group of students against another student that results in physical or psychological harm, embarrassment, intimidation, threats, humiliation, or ridicule. Hazing is a common occurrence throughout the United States and has been reported at many colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. It is important for college students to be aware of the dangers associated with college hazing so that they can protect themselves from harm.

Hazing in Pennsylvania can include forcing someone to:

  • drinking alcohol excessively
  • being forced to dress in an embarrassing manner
  • sexual violation
  • performing dangerous tasks such as climbing on high objects or doing extreme physical activities without proper supervision

Other examples include sleeping deprivation, rituals involving alcohol consumption, and demeaning behavior such as name-calling and bullying.

There are laws in place in Pennsylvania that prohibit hazing activities on college campuses of all types. Colleges can also establish their own policies which further criminalize certain forms of hazing with the potential for those found guilty to face fines and/or jail time depending on the severity of the activity.

Additionally, a parent may file a civil action against any individual or organization involved if their child has suffered injury from a hazing incident. It is also very important for all college students to make sure that they follow campus rules and regulations pertaining to hazing activities so that no one gets hurt due to their negligence.

What if I Was Sexually Abused by a College Coach in Pennsylvania?

Over 40% of college sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania involve a student-teacher relationship. If you have been or are currently the victim of sexual abuse by a college coach or other staff member in Pennsylvania, it is important to report this to your local law enforcement authorities. It is also strongly recommended that you seek professional counseling for support and guidance.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania has recently passed groundbreaking legislation, the Protecting Victims of Sexual Abuse Act (Act 77), which helps create a supportive environment to make reporting sexual abuse more accessible and comfortable for victims. This applies to students and athletes who may feel intimidated or scared to speak out against abusers in positions of power.

Under Act 77, college coaches and employees of athletics programs located in Pennsylvania are required by law to report any suspected instances of child abuse or sexual violence committed by fellow employees within 12 hours of becoming aware. These reports must be filed with the sports governing body's designated employee relations office as well as the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the alleged incident occurred.

In addition, colleges and universities must provide notice about mandated reporting requirements via written consent forms distributed prior to participants engaging in practices or activities on behalf of the college so that all participants are aware of their rights if they experience abuse or assault during practice or competition periods.

The survivors' collective voices now have legal protection under this new bill—and regardless if you decide to file a police report, it is highly recommended that survivors reach out for legal help from experienced attorneys who understand Victims' Rights Programs nationwide.

Who Could Be Held Liable in a College Sexual Abuse Case?

Police and prosecutors can investigate college sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania, but the results of such investigations may determine who can be held liable for any damages or losses related to the assault. In some cases, a person might face criminal charges even if they were not directly involved in the assault. Here are a few of the people who could be held liable in a college sexual abuse case in Pennsylvania:

  • The Alleged Abuser: The alleged abuser is usually the primary target of any investigation into an assault on campus. Depending on the severity of their actions and whether or not any physical harm was inflicted, they may be charged with varying degrees of criminal offenses as well as civil damages.
  • College Administrators: Colleges have a responsibility to protect their students from crimes such as sexual abuse, so college administrators may face legal repercussions if it can be proven that they did not take certain steps to ensure safety or investigate suspicious activity properly.
  • Third Parties Who Enabled It: In some cases, bars and clubs close by colleges may knowingly allow drinking by minors without taking action, or there may have been bystanders who had enough information to remove someone from an environment where there was potential danger but chose not to do anything about it - these parties should also be properly investigated for their role in enabling an abusive act like this one.

Holding Educational Institutions in PA Liable For College Sexual Abuse

At Justice Guardians, we understand that the long-lasting effects of college sexual abuse are devastating. We also know that the legal system is not always effective in stopping it. Because of this, we are committed to helping our clients to secure the justice they deserve for sexual abuse in college.

In many cases, the abuser is an authority figure and has access to the victim. This makes the legal system very challenging for the victim. The victim's lawyer may help you to get a restraining order against your abuser if the abuse has occurred in Pennsylvania.

We understand that dealing with college sexual abuse can be overwhelming. That is why we provide free, confidential consultations and offer a range of legal services, including litigation, investigations, and counseling. We represent students and other victims of abuse at several universities throughout Pennsylvania.

Our law firm can help you understand your options, and we have the experience to help you recover the maximum amount of money for your case. We will work with you to develop a strategy for getting the compensation you deserve for your sexual abuse.

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Our Local College Sexual Abuse Law Offices in Pennsylvania

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1067 Mansion Lane
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
VG7G+PF Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 549-4218
Justice Guardians
630 Fairview Rd #104
Swarthmore, PA 19081
VJRW+GX Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 229-7624
Justice Guardians
495 Thomas Jones Way #304-C
Exton, PA 19341
28FW+6M Exton, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-4985
Justice Guardians
1142 Hamilton St #102
Allentown, PA 18102
HGX9+QF Allentown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-9369
Justice Guardians
3301 Ryan Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19136
2XR4+4R Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 332-1769
Justice Guardians
3400 Aramingo Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
XVRX+XF Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 277-2890
Justice Guardians
352 Church Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144
2RQM+45 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (445) 200-5285
Justice Guardians
5327 Walnut St #201
Philadelphia, PA 19139
XQ5C+2H Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 313-5200
Justice Guardians
8232 West Chester Pike #101
Upper Darby, PA 19082
XP89+6Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-1069
Justice Guardians
6720 Old York Rd #102
Philadelphia, PA 19126
3V45+8Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 930-6969
Justice Guardians
107 E Main St #309
Norristown, PA 19401
4M75+F6 Norristown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-8007
Justice Guardians
7708 City Ave #208-A
Philadelphia, PA 19151
XPGG+VM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 414-7404
Justice Guardians
2 Industrial Blvd #210-B
Paoli, PA 19301
2GV2+8Q Paoli, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-5070
Justice Guardians
100 Presidential Blvd #104
Bala Cynwd, PA 19004
2Q6P+HP Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 424-2007
Justice Guardians
105 Westtown Rd #A
West Chester, PA 19382
XC75+PR West Chester, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 261-8700
Justice Guardians
661 Bristol Pike #101
Bensalem, PA 19020
328F+26 Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 293-5585
Justice Guardians
817 Linden St #103
Bethlehem, PA 18018
JJGH+6P Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 403-9675
Justice Guardians
3501 Masons Mill Rd #501-B
Hatboro, PA 19040
5W5F+92 Hatboro, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 376-3820
Justice Guardians
815 Greenwood Ave #22-A
Jenkintown, PA 19046
3VWG+24 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (814) 305-9007
Justice Guardians
15260 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530
G6HP+94 Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 465-1080
Justice Guardians
940 Town Center Dr Suite F- 50B
Langhorne, PA 19047
54QC+CX Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 329-0702
Justice Guardians
3545 Rhoads Ave #103
Newtown Square, PA 19073
XJQ2+5X Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 360-6269
Justice Guardians
925 E High St #101
Pottstown, PA 19464
69V9+MR Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 308-4988
Justice Guardians
400 Washington St #307
Reading, PA 19601
83PC+J8 Reading, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 589-0900
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