According to a report by the American Institutes for Research, indicate
that while crimes on campus have decreased 34 percent in the last twelve
years, reported sex crimes have increased by 126 percent during the same
period. This steady rise in campus sexual assaults is leaving administrators
and authorities questioning how this is happening. What studies are finding
is that parents, teachers and school counselors are not discussing what
consent mean to teens and young college students. Thus, students enter
college, completely aware of their newfound freedoms and end up making
mistakes that could cost them their future.
Within the last few years, coverage surrounding high-profile sexual assault
cases has skyrocketed. Cases like the Stanford rape case, the UC Berkeley
sexual harassment scandal and the three Good Samaritan women who prevented
another woman from being drugged in a Santa Monica bar have brought to
light the need for college campuses to address the issue of consent with
their student bodies. Organizations like
Party with Consent and campaigns like
Consent is Sexy have started discussing the topic of consent with colleges across the country.
Consequences of Sexual Assault
If you are charged with sexual assault while attending college, you face
both state regulated penalties and college regulated penalties. Federal
requires college campuses to comply with Title IX, The Clery Act, and
SB 967 State Bill.
Title IX – prohibits the discrimination on the basis of sex under any federally
funded education program. Under this law, sexual harassment including
sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination. Any school that receives
federal funding must take steps to prevent sexual assaults, sexual harassment
and other violent sex crimes on campus. These schools are also required
to promptly and effectively respond to any reports of the above crimes.
In most cases, the school responds by expelling the accused rapist without
due process and finding evidence beyond a reasonable doubt the crime was
The Clery Act—This act requires colleges to participate in federal programs that report
annual crime statistics on and near college campuses. As of 2013, the
Violence Against Women Reauthorization required schools to include sexual
assault, domestic violence, and stalking in these reports.
SB 967 – Commonly known as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, it requires colleges
to accept policies regarding sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence.
In addition to the penalties you could face from your college, students
could also face misdemeanor or felony charges, jail sentences, and hefty
fines. If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, or any other
sex crime, retaining a Ventura criminal attorney is a crucial component
in protecting your rights.
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