Sexual Assault Remains a Challenge at UVA

College is a time of growth, learning, and change. While we’d like to believe that exams and term papers are the biggest challenges faced by today’s students, a new survey reveals a more insidious problem: sexual assault. The University of Virginia was one of the 33 schools that participated in a recent sexual assault survey of undergrad, graduate and professional students. While annual incidents of sexual assault by force are down from the 2015 version of the survey, the results of the survey show that there is still much work to be done.

Sexual Assault Survey Says: 1 in 4 Women

One of the most shocking revelations from the survey results is the percentage of female undergraduates who say they’ve experienced sexual assault since entering college. 25.5 percent of women students report sexual assault by force, incapacitation, or threats of physical violence. That’s an average of one in every four female undergraduates victimized by sexual predators during their time at school. While UVA has increased the number of crisis counselors on campus and instituted sexual harassment prevention training for students, the number of reported sexual assaults is staggering.

Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault

For many years, coming forward as a victim of sexual assault was considered taboo. As the #metoo movement gained strength online, more and more victims found their voices and spoke out against their abusers. While it is never easy to report such incidents, we can only hope that more and more victims come forward. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual harassment, abuse or assault, consider speaking with an attorney as soon as possible.

Sexual Harassment Lawyer Cindra Dowd

Sexual harassment can be distressing and interfere with your ability to do your job or attend school.  Sexual harassment law can also be confusing and daunting.  If you need help with this stressful situation, call me, Cindra Dowd at 877-544-5323.  I am here to discuss your situation with you and help you determine your best course of action.