According to PA Homepage, a college student was sexually assaulted in her dorm room at Wilkes University located at 84 W South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766.
On December 2, 2021, a student awoke in her dorm room in Evans Hall to find 22-year-old Khylen Shoffner sexually assaulting her. Shoffner was a friend of the victim's roommate and not a university student.
The victim reported the incident to the police. Shoffner has been charged with rape, involuntary sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated assault, and harassment.
Attorney Brian Kent is an experienced college sexual abuse lawyer. He represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits and is committed to holding sexual predators accountable. Brian has kindly shared some information regarding the legal options of college sexual assault victims to file lawsuits.
"College campuses have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for their students and staff. Students that have opted to live on campus should be awarded the utmost safety in their living halls. Security measures may include key cards for residents only, locks on common doors like bathrooms and showers, and patrolling security personnel. These preventative measures are to reduce the risk of incidents such as sexual assault."
"If a victim is sexually assaulted in a college dorm room, a criminal lawsuit will allow the perpetrator to be tried for their crimes. However, victims and their families may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit. If the college was found to be negligent in their safety procedures, or if a recent uptick in incidents were reported but ignored, they could be held liable in a civil lawsuit. An experienced college sexual abuse lawyer will analyze the details to determine if the college could have prevented the incident. In some cases of college safety negligence, the victim may be awarded compensation."