A female student at Curry College says she was the victim of a Massachusetts sex crime that took place on campus. The incident allegedly occurred in a dorm building. Her assailant has not been identified but police are investigating the matter.
Curry College is just one of a number of Massachusetts schools in the media spotlight because of sexual assaults on college campuses. Just this week the US Department of Investigation announced that it is investigating 55 colleges and schools to determine whether they illegally handled complaints involving sexual harassment and violence. Schools in this state that are part of the probe: Boston University, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Emerson College, Harvard College and Harvard University-Law School.
Already, the Department of Education has said that Tufts University did not comply with rules about how to deal with sexual assault. Meantime, both Emerson College and Harvard University are accused of creating hostile environments for sexual assault victims.
President Obama has set up the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. According to the administration, 1 in 5 female college students has been sexually assaulted. However, only 1 out of 8 will file a report. It is important to know that men can also (and have been) victims of sexual assault crimes.
Also this week, the Department of Education issued new guidance so that federally funded schools are aware of what their obligations are when tackling the issue of sexual violence. The guidance applies to all schools from kindergarten and up. Failure to comply with Title IX could result in a lack of funding.
Please contact our Boston sexual assault victim law firm today. Separate of any criminal charges, you also may be able to pursue a Massachusetts personal injury against your assailant, or other parties that could or should have prevented the rape or sexual assault from happening.
You may even have reason to file a Boston negligent college campus securities case or find that you have other grounds for suing for Massachusetts premises liability damages.
Reported sexual assault at Curry College under investigation, WCVB, May 1, 2014
When Men Are Raped, Slate.com, April 29, 2014
48 Massachusetts Workers Killed on the Job in 2013, Says Report, Massachusetts Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog, April 28, 2014
More Blog Posts:
Tufts University and Harvard University Face Government Scrutiny for Sexual Assault Cases, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, April 30, 2014
The Number of Reported Boston-Area Sexual Assaults on College Campuses is Rising, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 6, 2014