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Thoughts on the accused in sex assault cases

In prior posts, we highlighted the growing trend of men who have been suspended by colleges and universities in the midst of sexual assault allegations. Indeed, when stories about these allegations become public, much is said about how the victim feels violated and how life will not be the same.

At the same time, little is reported about the accused and the trials that they endure after action is taken against them. They can be treated as persona-non-grata by a school that they love.

The mandate on addressing sexual assault on college campuses is abundantly clear, especially in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Dozens of schools are under investigation for not properly dealing with such accusations. 

But while some institutions try to do the right things to address sexual assault claims, the accused often does not get a fair chance to defend their position, especially if they are not in a position of power or prestige. Essentially, if they are not an administrator or high profile athlete, they may be treated differently.

The stigma of sexual assault or misconduct can easily follow a student and adversely affect their professional lives. Because of this, an experienced sex crimes defense attorney is essential in ensuring that the investigatory process is properly followed, and that all contacts and collaterals invited by the accused are thoroughly vetted.

Make no mistake, sexual assault is horrible, and the pain that victims suffer is real. But the feelings and experiences of the accused should not be ignored in the quest for justice.

The preceding is not legal advice and is provided for informational purposes only.

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