Sexual Assault at San Diego State University
If you experienced any type of sexual assault, abuse or misconduct on or off campus as a student at San Diego State University (SDSU), you may be entitled to financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. A lawsuit can do much more than reimburse you for your losses; it can also hold an assailant and the university itself responsible for the grave wrongdoing committed against you. For more information about this type of case, contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Examples of Sexual Assault at San Diego State University
The crime of sexual assault is to knowingly or intentionally touch another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent. It can refer to nonphysical acts, as well, such as verbal sexual harassment, sexually inappropriate expressions or gestures, or the exposure of sexual organs. While attending San Diego State University, you could be subjected to many different examples of sexual assault or misconduct, including:
- Sexual harassment or discrimination
- Sexual assault at a college party
- Dorm or on-campus housing sexual assault
- Hazing or rushing sexual assault
- Sexual assault or rape by a romantic partner
- Drug-induced sexual assault (“date rape”)
- Sexual assault while under the influence of alcohol
- Doctor sexual assault at Student Health Services
- Assault or abuse by a university sports coach
- Sexual assault or abuse by a professor
- Sexual assault by a stranger on campus (negligent security)
As a survivor of sexual assault at San Diego State University, it is within your rights to take legal action against the person who assaulted you as well as the university for its part in the incident. Filing a claim can shed light on problems within the school, such as a negligent lack of sexual assault preventive measures. It can also give you justice in the form of financial compensation for your losses.
How to Report Sexual Assault at SDSU
Help is available as a victim of sexual assault at SDSU; you don’t have to go through this alone. Take these steps to report university sexual assault and start your journey toward healing:
- Talk to someone. Reach out to the San Diego Police Department, SDSU campus police, a rape crisis center, authorities at the school, friends and family members, the national sexual assault hotline, a therapist or counselor, and anyone else who can help you during this difficult time.
- Document what happened. Write down a description of what happened while the events are still clear in your mind. If you can, stay in the same clothes you were wearing and do not take a shower before going to a medical center for a sexual assault forensic exam.
- Report the perpetrator to the school. Contact San Diego State University’s Title IX Office to report the incident. This office offers multiple ways to report sex crimes, including confidential reporting, criminal reporting, reporting to the university, and complaints against faculty and staff.
Once you’ve come forward and reported campus sexual assault, take the next step by consulting with a plaintiff’s attorney in San Diego about filing a lawsuit.
Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for Free and Confidential Assistance
If your college experience at San Diego State University was marred by the crime of sexual assault or abuse, do not stay silent. Coming forward as a survivor may be the hardest thing that you ever have to do, but it can come with extraordinary benefits. It may be what finally allows you to let go and move on. It could also protect other students at the university from future such crimes by pushing for changes on an institutional level.
Learn more about your right to file a lawsuit for San Diego State University sexual assault or abuse during a private case review at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. Call an attorney at (800) 700-8450 today, or send us a confidential message online anytime and we will get back to you as soon as possible.