The Me Too movement (#MeToo) is bringing much-needed attention to sexual assault and sexual harassment. Individuals and institutions are now talking and recognizing just how prevalent sexual harassment and sexual violence are. The legal, professional, and personal consequences related to allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment are rapidly evolving. Mostly, such consequences are now quicker and harsher than they used to be.

The issues raised by the #MeToo movement and the conversations around those issues are important. Work needs to be done to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence from occurring, and sexual harassment and sexual assault should not be normalized.

It is also true that if you have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault, that does not mean that you deserve to be ignored or railroaded. You deserve and are entitled to, an effective and thorough defense to ensure that the merits of your particular situation are not overlooked as a result of external cultural pressure. This is true in the context of court proceedings and is also true in the context of professional licensing and other proceedings.

What Is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX requires that colleges and universities take action to prevent and address claims of sexual harassment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act addresses these same types of accusations, only in the workplace.

The legal and social consequences of a sexual assault charge or conviction can be devastating to a person's life. You can wind up facing significant consequences, including:

  • Suspension or expulsion from college
  • Prison time
  • Required registration as a sex offender
  • A permanent criminal record
  • A tarnished or damaged reputation among friends, family and neighbors
  • Restrictions on housing and employment opportunities

Do Not Wait To See What Will Happen

These laws, combined with the #MeToo movement, create a situation so that the authorities are motivated to act quickly. Universities take action independent of the courts' system, often barring an accused student from being present on campus well before any legal determination of guilt has occurred.

This is why it's crucial to take action right away if you have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or misconduct, or if you have reason to concern that you may be. You should reach out to an attorney immediately, even if no charges have been filed. If the police are asking you questions or if your school or university is contacting you regarding any such allegations, you are under investigation and you need immediate legal representation.

Sexual assault allegations will not go away. Call our Boulder law firm at 720-943-4964 or fill out our online form. Our lawyers understand the seriousness of the accusations you are facing and are prepared to provide information and help.