Sexual assault at universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is an issue that demands urgent attention and action. The culture surrounding these incidents often involves complexities that can make the experience even more challenging for survivors. The impact of these sexual assaults extends beyond the immediate physical harm, deeply affecting the mental well-being, academic performance, and overall life of those affected.
Estey & Bomberger, LLP is dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault at UCLA. Our firm brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to justice in these sensitive cases. We provide empathetic yet robust legal representation, striving to ensure that every survivor’s voice is heard and their rights are upheld. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault at UCLA, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with us today.
Why Choose the Attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP?
- With millions of dollars recovered for our clients, our attorneys are exceptionally equipped to represent UCLA sexual assault survivors in their pursuit of justice. We will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation.
- Our firm understands the sensitive nature of sexual assault cases, and we are committed to providing survivors with the compassion that they deserve. We will guide and support you throughout the legal process.
- We believe that survivors should be able to pursue litigation without fear of financial burden. Our firm takes these cases on a no-win, no-fee basis—if we do not recover compensation, you will not pay legal fees.
UCLA Sexual Assault Statistics
Sexual violence is unfortunately prevalent at colleges and universities across the United States, and UCLA is no exception. Several laws, including Title IX and the Clery Act, require many institutions to make data about crimes committed on campus publicly available and accessible. In line with these requirements, the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion produces an annual Public Accountability report, which includes information on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other incidents of gender-based violence that occur on campus.
According to the Public Accountability report for the 2020-2021 academic school year, the UCLA Title IX Office received 1,363 reports of prohibited conduct between July 2020 and June 2021. These reports included the following acts:
- 40% of the reports involved sexual harassment
- 25% of the reports involved sexual violence, such as sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence
- 15% of these reports involved multiple categories, such as sexual harassment and sexual violence
- 10% of these reports involved gender discrimination
Despite this large number of reported incidents, very few of these cases result in justice for the survivor. Only 4% led to a formal investigation, while 69% were closed without an investigation. As of the time that the report was published, the remaining 27% of cases were pending.
Your Legal Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a serious and violent crime, and navigating the aftermath can be challenging. If you have suffered sexual assault at UCLA, it is important to remember that you have certain rights afforded to you. These include:
- The Right to Decide Whether to Go to the Police: As a survivor, you have the autonomy to choose whether to report the assault to law enforcement. This decision is personal and can be made at a time that feels right for you. You have the right to go to a hospital and have a physical exam completed regardless of whether you choose to report the incident to the police.
- The Right to Evidence Collection and Preservation: If you choose to undergo a physical exam, you have the right to have evidence collected and preserved without any cost to you. You have the right to be informed about the status and results of any evidence analysis. The evidence related to your assault must be kept for 20 years, or until your 40th birthday if you were under 18 at the time of the offense.
- The Right to Request Reports and Information: You are entitled to request and receive a free copy of the initial crime report related to your assault. Furthermore, if your assailant is convicted and required to register as a sex offender, you have the right to access their sex offender registry information.
In addition to criminal proceedings, you have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the assailant. These claims are civil legal proceedings and allow survivors to recover compensation related to the damages associated with the assault.
You have the right to file a lawsuit regardless of whether you choose to press criminal charges against the perpetrator. The outcome of any criminal case will not influence the verdict of your personal injury trial; because the burden of proof in a civil case is less than in a criminal case, it is common for assailants to be acquitted in a criminal trial but still found liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Why You Need a UCLA Sexual Assault Attorney on Your Side
Navigating the aftermath of a sexual assault at UCLA can be overwhelming, and having a sexual assault attorney on your side can make a significant difference. The school system sexual assault lawyers at Estey & Bomberger, LLP bring expertise in civil litigation, offering guidance through the complex legal process to protect your rights and advocate for your right to compensation.
We can skillfully handle negotiations, advocate for your interests, and seek fair compensation for the trauma you’ve endured. Your lawyer will also provide emotional support and understanding, allowing you to focus on healing while we manage the legal aspects. We aim to amplify your voice and empower you to hold the assailant accountable in a civil court, guiding you on the path toward justice and closure.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation Today
Survivors of sexual assault at UCLA deserve an attorney who not only fights for their rights but also provides the support and understanding they need during such a difficult time. Estey & Bomberger, LLP is committed to guiding survivors through the civil litigation process and helping them seek justice.
Contact us today at (800) 260-7197 to speak with a UCLA sexual assault attorney and learn more about your legal options.