Liberty University Sexual Assaults Investigation
Lieff Cabraser is investigating disturbing reports relating to Liberty University’s suppression of sexual assault complaints. In addition to strongly urging students to not-report rape, victims were allegedly further threatened with expulsion if the circumstances around a given assault included any overlap with the school’s prohibition against drinking and fraternizing with the opposite sex.
In other words, victims allege that any lapse in violating Liberty University’s rules prohibiting drinking and fraternizing effectively invalidates any subsequent rape claim. This essentially amounts to a “it’s the victim’s fault” approach that is itself abusive, categorically misdirected, and likely illegal in the face of the school’s annual federal student aid funds of nearly $800 million.
The school, founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell, ignored reports of rape and threatened to punish accusers for related instances of breaking its moral code, say former students. An official who was fired for raising concerns at Liberty University calls it a “conspiracy of silence.”
Sexual assault is never acceptible under any conditions, and blaming the victim and suppressing their assault is itself criminal. Lieff Cabraser’s award-winning sexual assault survivors legal team is dedicated to bringing justice to all victims of sexual assault, including at Liberty University.
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Lieff Cabraser represents survivors across the U.S. who have been victimized by sexual violence and sexual abuse. We treat every client with care, respect, and compassion as we bring our comprehensive legal skills forward on each case. We have a dedicated team of lawyers, nurse consultants, and paralegals experienced in working with and listening to survivors who work individually with every client in every case to see that justice is won.
If a school, church, sports team, hospital, or another institution failed to protect you from abuse, we may be able to help you hold that institution accountable, and possibly seek compensation and practice changes to prevent that failure from happening again to you or others. We urge you to contact a survivor’s rights lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today about your potential case and recovery.
If you were the victim of abuse unrelated to a larger institution, representation by our firm may not be the best option for your situation. We encourage you to consider representation by other attorneys, as well as support from resources like RAINN.org, WomensLaw.org, MaleSurvivor.org, 1in6.org (another resource for male survivors), iSurvive.org, and AfterSilence.org.