The numbers of sexual assaults on college campuses across the nation are often under-reported. Many students may blame themselves, thinking that going to a party or on a date may have meant that the assault was their fault. Others may trust the campus security or school to handle the matter, only to see the offender receive a mild slap on the wrist. If you or your child has been a victim of sexual assault or abuse at their university, we can help. A San Francisco, CA, university sexual assault lawyer from Kellogg & VanAken, LLP can inform you about your legal rights and your opportunity to demand compensation from the party that hurt you.
You may have reported the assault to campus police or the local police and pressed charges against the abuser, thinking that was the extent of your legal rights. That’s not the case. In fact, California law permits victims of sexual assault on college and university campuses to file a lawsuit for damages against the offender and other parties who could share responsibility for the assault.
This means that you can sue for compensation for all the losses you suffered after being abused, like your therapy and medical care. You can also demand compensation for the pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and reduced quality of life you experienced. The money cannot replace what the attacker took from you, but it can give you the means to help you achieve your dreams or heal in peace somewhere else.
Colleges and universities have a duty of care for the students who attend. If a school creates an unsafe environment through negligence or oversight, then it can be held accountable for creating conditions where a sexual assault could occur.
You have the right to hold your assailant accountable in civil court and demand they cover your losses, but you can also file a claim against the school for its role in allowing unsafe conditions to persist.
An attorney can investigate the circumstances of your assault and build a case to support your claim. We aren’t afraid to hold anyone who harmed you accountable, and we preserve your rights with dignity and tenacity. Our goal is to provide you with the legal advice you need to make decisions that are right for your healing and your goals.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, harassed, or abused by a fellow college student, professor, or other employee or attendee at your school, we can help you. Our attorneys offer compassionate advice based on your situation. We listen to you – and we believe you. You deserve justice, and the person or entity who caused you harm deserves to be held accountable for their actions. Contact Kellogg & VanAken, LLP today for a confidential consultation with a San Francisco University sexual assault lawyer.