Help for Rape Victims on Campus and Elsewhere

Help for Rape Victims on Campus and Elsewhere The statistics and horror stories are enough to make college students and their parents extremely nervous. Sexual assaults on or near campuses are becoming increasingly common, and it’s a growing problem in many college areas. The issue has become so important (and impossible to ignore) that the White House has even gotten involved, launching a national initiative called “It’s On Us,” using celebrities and high-profile personalities to speak out against sexual violence on campus. The initiative also aims to increase awareness and accountability related to campus rape and assaults.

College-based sexual assaults can take many forms. Frequently, a so-called “date rape” can occur at a party or other event, or shortly afterward while the victim is impaired. However, campus assaults often can involve a serial predator who looks for an opportunity to attack a student who is in a vulnerable position.

Whatever the circumstances, victims of sexual assault need a variety of services and resources immediately. This of course includes medical attention (and, ideally, some sort of counseling). They also need access to legal resources to help them achieve justice and ensure that the guilty parties are held responsible.

While many schools across the country are increasing resources to prevent campus assault and assist victims, often these services may not be adequate to fully meet victims’ needs. In addition, in some cases, the school itself may be held accountable for negligence or other factors that may have played a role in the situation.

This is why it can be critical for victims to have an advocate and representative that is solely focused on their needs and their rights. The Law Office of Sara J. Powell  has been providing help for rape victims for many years.

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