Legal Rights of Hazing Sexual Assault Victims
Attorney contributor Arron Blank helps survivors of sexual assault find justice and support by filing civil lawsuits. We have asked him for some insight into the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted in hazing rituals of high school athletics programs:
Hazing rituals are a common practice in both high schools and colleges throughout the country, especially in athletics programs. While some hazing rituals may be relatively harmless (such as new members of the team picking up donuts for the seniors), others cross the line and constitute harassment and abuse. In some cases, hazing rituals even involve sexual assault. Sometimes, coaches look the other way or even encourage abuse and assault during these rituals.
When a student is sexually assaulted during a hazing ritual, it’s important to punish those responsible and make sure that the victim gets the justice and support they deserve. In many cases, the school is negligent for failing to prevent or even enabling the abuse, such as situations where a coach was aware of what was going on but failed to stop it. In these cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused as part of a hazing ritual on a high school or college campus, the legal system is here to help. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.
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