Educational institutions such as schools and universities are considered to be places of learning, growth, and development. Parents entrust these institutions with the care of their children, and students go in with the expectation to be taught, and to experience academic growth and success. The expectation therefore is never for a student to be violated through sexual abuse by fellow students, professionals (including teachers and professors), other employees or unaffiliated individuals.
Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 8% of all sexual assaults occur while the victim is attending school. This indicates that schools and universities, which are often thought of as being safe for students, are not exempt from such criminal activities.
If you have been sexually abused at a school or university we can help
The Fitch Law Firm based in Columbus, Ohio, is well known for the successful representation of victims of sexual abuse. Our compassionate and dedicated attorney John Fitch is experienced in advocating for victims of all types of sexual abuse, and is committed to getting you the help you deserve. We understand the lasting emotional and psychological effects of sexual abuse, the importance of getting professional help when needed, and the significance of getting closure. We also recognize that justice for victims, be it in the form of monetary compensation or otherwise, may help victims gain closure and begin the healing process.
If you would like to talk to us about you or a loved one being sexual abused while at school or a university campus, call us today at 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation.
Who are the perpetrators?
Although we would like to believe all cases of sexual abuse in schools are perpetrated by outsiders, the sad reality is fellow students and faculty members have been reported as perpetrators. Alarmingly, in some cases these perpetrators are sheltered, or the occurrence is silenced by administrators in an effort to protect the reputation of the institution. This “protection” however comes at the expense of the victimized student, as their claims may be invalidated, preventing them from receiving justice, along with putting other unsuspecting individuals at risk.
In a Time Magazine January 2015 article, it was revealed that former student athlete Jesse Matthew, Jr., who was accused twice of sexual assault on a college campus, was allowed to move on without being sanctioned. He was later charged with the murder of a University of Virginia student and the kidnap and murder of a Virginia Tech student after leaving.
Sexual perpetrators on university campuses and in schools also sit among the faculty, as there have been numerous accounts of teachers and professors abusing their power and trust at the expense of students. Such trauma not only impacts the victim’s psychological or social functioning, but also their ability to succeed academically.
We are dedicated to helping you
Our ultimate goal is to protect the rights of victims, and achieve the best possible results for sexual abuse victims throughout the state of Ohio. We understand the trauma and significant psychological effects associated with sexual abuse, and we are dedicated to understanding the specific facts of your case, and to provide you with high-quality service.
We are here to take care of your case. Call us today for a free consultation at 855-LAW-OHIO.