Sexual Assault at Cal State Sacramento
Attending Cal State Sacramento should not put you at risk of being sexually abused or assaulted. Unfortunately, this is the reality faced by many students each year. If you’ve suffered sexual assault, harassment or abuse on campus, the lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you recover and move forward with personalized legal services.
Our lawyers exclusively practice sexual assault law and have recovered more than $2 billion in financial recoveries for clients over the last 25 years. Discuss how we can help you in detail during a free and confidential case review in Sacramento.
California’s Definition of Sexual Assault – Are You a Victim?
Some examples of sexual assault are immediately recognizable as sex crimes. In other cases, however, you may be confused about what happened to you. You might wonder if it is still sexual assault if you were in a romantic relationship with the perpetrator, for example, or if you agreed to take part in something that made you uncomfortable as a hazing ritual.
If you were involved in any type of unwanted sexual activity without your consent at Cal State Sacramento, you are a victim of sexual assault. You may be eligible for financial compensation through a lawsuit against the perpetrator as well as the university. In California, the definition of sexual assault is touching another person’s intimate parts without his or her consent or against his or her will.
Sexual assault describes many types of nonconsensual actions and behaviors of a sexual nature, including inappropriate touching or fondling, kissing, pornographic photographs, revenge porn, penetration, rape or attempted rape, sexual battery, and sexual activities with a minor. These crimes can be committed by force, intimidation, threats, manipulation or fraud.
How to Report Sexual Assault at Cal State Sacramento
Sexual assault at a college or university could take place at a party, in a dorm room, as part of hazing, in college sports, in a locker room, in a parking lot, in a classroom, in a professor’s office and many other locations. The abuser could be a professor, school administrator, another staff member or a fellow student.
If you experience any form of sexual assault during your time at Cal State Sacramento, report it to the proper authorities right away. Start by calling the police if the situation is urgent. In an emergency, dial 911 or contact the Cal State Sacramento Police at (916) 278-6000. Then, report the sexual assault to the school using the online complaint form or visiting the Office for Equal Opportunity.
Tell someone what happened and get medical care for any injuries. If you need crisis intervention or advocacy services, connect with WEAVE and its campus advocates at Sac State. Then, when you’re ready to take legal action, contact a sexual assault plaintiff’s attorney to request a free case analysis.
What Are Your Rights as a Sexual Assault Survivor?
Cal State Sacramento can be held liable, or legally responsible, for sexual assault and misconduct that occurs on campus. You may have the right to sue the school for its part in failing to protect you from sex crimes, such as the failure to supervise students in on-campus housing or conduct background checks on new professors. You can also hold the university vicariously liable for the sexual misconduct of its staff members.
You may still have the right to file a lawsuit for sexual assault at Cal State Sacramento if the incident took place years ago. California’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims is 10 years from the date of the incident or 3 years from the date that you connect your mental health disorder to sexual assault – whichever is later. You may have until your 40thbirthday, however, if you were a minor at the time of the sexual assault.
Contact an Attorney in Sacramento for Assistance Today
Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible if you are a victim of sexual assault or abuse at Cal State Sacramento. Our local attorneys will meet with you for a confidential and free case consultation so that you can learn your rights. We care about our clients and will do what we can to help you get through this difficult time. Call (800) 700-8450 today for more information.