Daniel Gilleon, an attorney in San Diego, is preparing to file a second lawsuit on behalf of a University of San Diego student who alleges that she was sexually assaulted. She also claims that the school did not properly handle the reporting of the crime, according to recent reports.
Attorney Dan Gilleon said, “We need to raise the standard and let other guys out there know that you can’t get away with this. The guys out there that are seeing the friends getting away with it are learning the wrong lessons. By coming forward, these women are sending a very strong signal to all the guys out there who are thinking about going out, getting a girl drunk and taking advantage of her. Even if the prosecutors do not go after them, they might get sued and the rest of their lives are going to be jeopardized.”
The University claims that they take accusations of sexual assault very seriously.
Victims are coming forward to state that they were sexually assaulted on campus but that, when they reported the crime, nothing was done. One victim, the first to file a lawsuit against the school and her alleged attackers, claims that she even received a threatening letter from the school after she reported her attack.
The federal government announced in January that it was probing the school’s handling of rape reports. Several women have now stated that they reported being sexual assaulted to the school and that their investigations were mishandled. In some cases, USD elected to use an in-house investigation approach rather than call in police officers.
The cases stretch back over almost 10 years, when the first victim claims she was raped as a freshman in 2006 by an acquaintance in a dorm room. She says that public safety officers conducted a probe but that the perpetrator was never disciplined.
According to attorney Daniel Gilleon, the police should always be involved in any investigations of sexual abuse or rape. “The school is required to call the police, and they did not,” he says.
If you have been the victim of sexual assault, contact the police immediately or insist that your school or workplace do so. Once you have spoken with police officers, contact a personal injury attorney like Dan Gilleon in San Diego for further help.