UK Universities See a Rise in Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual Assault

Latest statistics now show that a shocking one in three students at UK universities will experience sexual assault whilst studying.

It’s that time of year again, where madness descends on towns and cities, in the shape of Freshers’ Week. So, what is Freshers’ Week? Well, this is usually a week-long event for new first year students to adjust to student life away from home, maybe in a new city, make new friends, and let their hair down and enjoy socialising in a new place with new people. And let’s be honest, this will more than likely involve alcohol, with student’s known to enjoy having fun partying and nightclubbing.

But all fun aside, this can come with its own set of problems and risks. A freedom of information request has shown that between 2010 and 2015, there were at least 994 alcohol-related injuries and incidents on 54 university campuses and halls of residence. The data, which is believed to include a small number of fatalities, is not complete as some universities only started monitoring these incidents recently. Dozens more do not have accurate records of all accidents on their sites. This means that the actual figure is likely to be a lot higher.

In 2015, the university with the highest number of alcohol-related injuries was in fact in Leeds, with a reported 73 incidents, and 123 in 2014.

These figures may also include sexual assaults. We’ve all probably heard about the high profile cases of Brock Turner or Austin Wilkerson, which received a lot of media attention, both of whom were found guilty of raping young, intoxicated college women. But, university sexual assaults are not purely an issue in the USA. This happens in the UK too, and right now there is a sexual harassment crisis happening at our UK universities, and the true extent of this is finally beginning to come to light, as figures show that one in three female students at a UK university will experience sexual assault or abuse whilst studying.

This needs action. There is a government scheme called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which offers compensation to innocent victims of violent crimes which includes sexual assaults. Here at Michael Lewin Solicitors, we can help advise you and deal with a claim against the CICA if you have been a victim of such an assault. We have recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation for victims, through the CICA. Michael Lewin Solicitors are here to help you, and one of our experienced members of staff would be happy to discuss your claim with you if you feel you have been a victim of a violent crime. Please do not hesitate to contact us today. If you’d like to find out more, please visit our Criminal Injury Compensation page here.

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