How Should Colleges and Universities Handle Sexual Abuse Claims?
Universities and colleges have a responsibility to protect their students by providing a safe environment. However, recent changes to the law have led to fewer disciplinary actions for students who are accused of sexual assault. Higher education institutions are also now considering whether to raise the standard of proof while also continuing to improve safety on their campuses. Raising the standard of proof makes it more difficult to collect evidence when it comes to abuse cases. Now, colleges and universities can choose to ask for “clear and convincing” evidence in order to discipline students in Title IX sexual assault cases. … Read More
How Does the Government Claims Act Help California Sexual Abuse Survivors?
Senator Jim Beall’s current legislation is aimed to answer all questions about how long a childhood sexual abuse victim has to file a claim against a public body and seek justice in the civil courts. The bill, also known as SB 1053, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Beall believes that “since many abusers manage to escape prosecution, the ability of victims to file a civil case should be protected and serve as a deterrent to the perpetuation of abuse by those who would shield the abusers from justice.” What Does California Bill SB 1053 Entail? In 2008, the California … Read More
What Are California’s Sexual Abuse Laws?
Crimes that are referred to as sexual assault are usually prosecuted through California’s sexual assault, or sexual battery, laws and regulations. These laws disallow nonconsensual touching of another person’s private parts or sexual organs. In order to prove a case of sexual battery or assault, the prosecutor will have to establish a few elements under California law. As a California native, it is beneficial to have an overview of California’s sexual assault laws if you are ever caught in a legal assault situation. How Is a Sexual Battery Case in California Proven? The defendant touched the victim’s intimate parts while … Read More
What Are Indicators of Sex Abuse in Adults?
How people react to traumatic experiences can vary greatly, and there’s a lot that goes into investigating a person’s reaction to a stressful experience. Adults and children differ in their reactions to traumatic times, especially when it comes to sex abuse and assault. There is not one standard response to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, but it’s important to realize that adults will respond in more subtle and internal ways than a child would. What Are Some Common Responses from Adult Abuse Survivors? Fearful responses or reactions to reminders of the assault Anxious actions/not feeling like he or she can … Read More