Campus Sexual Assault Attorneys
Sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses is high. 11.2% of all college or university students experience rape or sexual assault at some point in their collegiate life. Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males have been sexually assaulted. On campus, sexual violence is one of the most prevalent crimes but it is not often reported. Many students believe that they were somehow responsible for the assault, because they were intoxicated or because they were dating their attacker at the time. Others believed that they would not be believed or that there was nothing anyone could do to help. If you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual assault in college or university, the campus sexual assault attorneys at the Gold Law Firm can help you bring the people responsible to justice.
Universities have a Responsibility
Sexual assault flourishes on campuses where administrators and educators deny there is a problem. Unfortunately, universities don’t often take the side of the victim and many do not adequately investigate the incidents when reported, over fear of bad publicity. When sexual assault victims do finally come forward, there are frustrating and unclear college disciplinary systems that they must navigate. Even when disciplinary action is eventually taken, it is often light or nonexistent, allowing the culture of sexual violence on campus to continue growing, unchecked.
Drugs & Sexual Assault in College
62% of all sexual assaults on college campuses are facilitated by drugs or alcohol. Alcohol is the number one “date rape drug” on campus, however other drugs are often used as well. Rohypnol or GHB is a banned substance but it is often referred to as the date rape drug. Other drugs include Valium or Ativan or even pain medications, such as Vicodin. When used, these drugs render the victim helpless and unable to give consent. Without proper consent, any form of sexual activity is considered sexual assault and should be reported.
Effects of Sexual Assault in College
Victims of sexual assault in college may endure years battling depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This can have a ripple effect on their lives, and can make it difficult to complete their education or maintain relationships. Among rape survivors who stayed on campus, one in three had academic problems and one in five considered dropping out of school. Survivors of sexual assault may turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain and repress the horrific incident, further complicating their future.
Contact Our Denver Campus Sexual Assault Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual assault in college or university, our attorneys have the experience and the resources needed to help you seek justice. At the Gold Law Firm, our Denver campus sexual assault lawyers are passionate about representing survivors of sexual assault. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303)-694-4653.