Sexual assault on Arizona college campuses is certainly a legitimate concern. While there is some debate the study, the Department of Justice recently estimated that nearly 20% of college students become the victim of sexual assault before they graduate. This rising concern presents a need to educate college students on how to avoid potentially compromising situations.
- Don’t get involved with someone who is overly-intoxicated/not coherent/otherwise under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal cues that someone is not interested. Keep in mind that someone doesn’t have to directly say “no” for sex to be non-consensual.
- Avoid coming on too strong or overtly putting pressure on someone.
- If at all possible, avoid being alone with another person you don’t know well (or at all) in a potentially compromising situation.
Previously, sexual assault on college campuses was taboo. Now, the issue is very much at the forefront of public view. With this increased visibility comes a heightened sense of caution bordering on paranoia among college females, and in some cases college males. While college students should take precautions to avoid compromising situations, the startling statistics concerning rape on college campuses could lead to an increase in false allegations.
Our firm has more than 50 years of experience and the knowledge of former prosecutors on our side. If you or someone you know has been accused of date rape or sexual assault, we invite you to contact a Phoenix sex crime lawyer at MayesTelles PLLC today for a free case review. We are available 24/7.