Sexual Assault and Rape 2017-10-30T13:09:35+00:00

California Lawyers for Victims of Sexual Assault or Rape

We are employment lawyers that represent victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse,
regardless of your sexual identity.

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We Are California Sexual Assault Attorneys Who Fight Aggressively for Victims of Sex Crimes

What constitutes sexual assault or rape?

In a civil lawsuit, rape and sexual assault refer to nonconsensual sexual contact, including:

  • Forcible penetration or oral sex
  • Coerced sex through use of weapons or other threat of harm
  • Touching of private parts, under or over clothing
  • Taking advantage of someone incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
  • Use of date rape drugs
  • Attempted sexual assault

Statistics of Victims of Sexual Violence
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and statistics taken by the U.S. Justice Dept., sexual violence affects millions of Americans. Specifically:

  • On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. (Dept. of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014.)
  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.
  • 54% of sexual assault victims are of ages 18-34.
  • 90% of adult rape victims are female.
  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are NOT enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
  • Transgender students are at a higher risk for sexual violence.

In most instances the victim knows the perpetrator, which creates a hostile and unbearable environment for the victim who suffers in the aftermath. Victims of rape are not only severely traumatized in the short term, but commonly suffer psychological and emotional effects for years after the trauma occurred. Sexual abuse victims may experience painful emotions and long term symptoms after the attack, including:

  • Anxiety, fear, shock and disbelief
  • Inability to sleep and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression, withdrawal and despondency
  • Disability that affects the ability to work or perform at school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interest in activities of daily life
  • More likely to use drugs
  • Attempt suicide

Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends and co-workers.

Child Sexual Abuse or Sexual Assault

According to statistics taken by RAINN, about 15 percent of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 18. Most of these incidents take place where young adults and children are supposed to be protected by professionals in organizations such as churches, schools, sports activities and other community groups. When these organizations fail to safeguard our children or take advantage of persons who are unable to protect themselves, they need to be held liable.

Lawyers at the Genie Harrison Law Firm Protect Victims of Sexual Assault or Harassment on Campus (Title IX cases)

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq provides: “No person in the United States shall be on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples of sexual violence include attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as stalking.

Who must comply with Title IX?

Under Title IX, any school that receives Federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX. This includes elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, school districts, proprietary schools colleges and universities. Schools are required to promptly investigate any claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault and act accordingly to protect students on campus.

Do I have to be on campus to be protected by Title IX?

You do not have to be on school grounds to be protected by Title IX.

Does Title IX apply only to sexual harassment committed by teachers and educators?

Title IX also protects students who may be sexually harassed off school grounds, outside a school’s education program or activity, if the harasser was a fellow student. It also applies to sexual harassment of a student that may be committed by a school employee or a non-employee third party such as a visiting speaker or athlete.

What are my remedies if I think my Title IX civil rights have been violated?

Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses. In fact, one in four women are sexually assaulted during their time in college. If you are the victim of sexual assault or rape, you may feel powerless, vulnerable and afraid to speak out. The lawyers at the Genie Harrison Law Firm can consult with you on all issues of sexual and inappropriate conduct which violate your civil rights.

The sexual assault lawyers at the Genie Harrison Law Firm provide aggressive representation in the following practice areas:

  • Sexual harassment at school or in the workplace
  • Sexual assault at school or in the workplace
  • Sexual abuse in youth organizations
  • Sexual abuse in religious organizations
  • Adult survivors of abuse
  • Rape

Genie Harrison is a survivor of sexual assault, and she understands the pain that victims of sexual crimes may feel. She understands that a lawsuit can be a powerful catalyst for healing and achieving a sense of justice, but that it can also bring painful memories, fears and feelings to the surface. Genie Harrison is here to support you through the entire process, and to take back your power.

Call (213) 805-5301 to schedule a consultation with Genie Harrison.
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Los Angeles-based sexual harassment attorney Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm shares advice for parents and young women who may encounter sexual harassment from college professors.

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“Genie, It was a true honor to have you represent me through this entire process, which turned out to be quite a successful journey. Aside from your representation, it is your wisdom and power that leaves a lasting impression on me. You taught me to stand up for what’s right, no matter how scary the challenge may seem, and that will forever remain with me.

I am so grateful for you Genie because your strength and confidence rejuvenated my spirit and I now believe in myself again. Thank you for being a part of my life when I needed guidance most. I am now stronger and confident and overall a better person.

I hope to encounter more women as courageous and inspiring as you. Thank you for always believing in me, and for having an interest in me and my case. You are my hero Genie Harrison!

— LIA (EMPLOYMENT CLIENT)

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