Sexual Assault at Cal State San Bernardino
If your time at Cal State San Bernardino was tainted by sexual assault or abuse, you have rights. Standing up for yourself by filing a lawsuit for sexual violence at CSUSB can give you the justice and closure that you need to move forward. It can also result in financial compensation for several past and future losses.
You deserve answers and accountability as a survivor of sexual abuse. The attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have over 25 years of experience going up against schools, colleges and universities on behalf of sexual assault and abuse survivors throughout California. Find out how we can help you during a free and private case review.
What Can a Sexual Assault Attorney Do for You?
Experiencing sexual assault or abuse at Cal State San Bernardino is traumatizing in more ways than one. You have enough to think about and cope with as a victim without also taking on the complicated legal process. Hiring an attorney allows you to focus on healing and moving forward while an experienced lawyer handles the legal side of your case for you.
You can trust your lawyer to do what is in your best interests throughout your case, including taking the university to trial if this is necessary to obtain fair results. Your lawyer will have the experience and resources to hire qualified experts, build a strong claim using compelling evidence and fight for a positive case outcome.
Long-Term Effects of Sexual Assault
Surviving sexual assault can have long-term ramifications. Many survivors experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder soon after the assault, such as anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares and mood swings. In the months and years following, a survivor may continue to struggle with mental and psychological issues connected to the incident, such as depression and low self-esteem. These issues can result in substance abuse disorders, suicidal tendencies and other significant problems.
Financial Compensation Available for Sexual Assault
You can pursue justice for sexual violence committed against you at Cal State San Bernardino in multiple ways. One is pressing charges and cooperating with the police during a criminal case against the perpetrator. This can result in criminal penalties, such as jail time and the abuser’s name going on the national sex offender registry. Another way to seek justice is by filing a civil lawsuit. A settlement or judgment award could pay for several of your related losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Therapy and psychiatric care
- Prescription medications
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and psychological trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Legal fees and out-of-pocket costs
- Punitive damages (to punish the defendant)
In addition to financial compensation, bringing a successful civil lawsuit against the person who abused you and/or the university for failing to keep you safe gives you the opportunity to tell your story and find closure. Shedding light on this issue and spreading awareness at the university could also push for changes on an institutional level – potentially protecting future students from the same type of crime.
Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors at Cal State San Bernardino
- The Office of Title IX and Gender Equity at CSUSB: (909) 537-5669.
- File a complaint online at CSUSB or through email at IEC@csusb.edu.
- CSUSB Student Health Center: (909) 537-5241.
- CSUSB Police Department: (909) 537-5165.
- San Bernardino Police Department: (909) 384-5742.
- San Bernardino Partners Against Violence: (909) 885-8884.
- The San Bernardino Women’s Center: (209) 465-4997.
- National sexual assault hotline: (800) 656-4673.
Request Your Free, Confidential Case Review Today
If you experienced sexual assault or abuse in your dorm room, at a college party, in a classroom, a professor’s office, a locker room, during a hazing ritual, a sports field, a student medical center or anywhere else on campus at Cal State San Bernardino, we can help. Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi’s West Coast office as soon as possible to discuss your legal options with one of our lawyers. We understand how difficult it is to come forward. Our attorneys will be here for you in any way that we can during this difficult time. Call (800) 700-8450 today to schedule your case review.