Campus Sexual Assault Attorney in Houston, Texas
Houston Sex Crime Defense Lawyer
Law enforcement officers deal daily with allegations of
sex crimes on college campuses. Because of the prevalence of such crimes, and the
impact of such crimes on victims, deterring such crimes is a top priority
of the Texas legislature, law enforcement officers and prosecutors.
If you have been charged with a campus sex crime, you are facing a system
that is bound and determined to treat you very harshly. While the criminal
penalties that you face are very serious, they are just one of the many
hurdles that you now face. Your academic standing, your opportunity to
go to a graduate school, and even your community standing are all at risk.
You may face the prospect of sex offender registration.
Protect your rights by contacting The Law Offices of Jed Silverman. We
will aggressively defense your rights. We defend clients against a wide
range of campus sex crimes, including:
Rape Reports at Texas Colleges and Universities
The Washington Post conducted an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data from 2014 to find the top colleges
and universities in the U.S. for sexual assault reports. While no Texas
colleges made the top 10, data is still available for those schools.
- University of Texas at Austin – 17 reports
- University of North Texas – 12 reports
- University of Houston – 10 reports
- Texas Christian University 9 reports
- Rice University – 8 reports
- Trinity University – 7 reports
- Southern Methodist University – 6 reports
- Texas A&M University, College Station – 6 reports
Other Texas colleges and universities, such as Angelo State University,
Baylor, and Texas State all had five reports or less.
Title IX Hearings & Due Process Rights
Collegiate attention on Title IX rights has been burgeoning in recent years. Title IX simply means equal protection
under the law. While equal protection sounds promising, Title IX hearings
on campus take place outside of the criminal justice system and can therefore
put accused students at risk of losing their due process rights –
the right to fair treatment through the normal avenues of the judicial
system. Whether you are facing sexual assault charges in a normal court
of law or you have an upcoming Title IX hearing, The Law Offices of Jed
Silverman is here to help.
College Sexual Assault Policies
The law requires higher learning institutions to disclose information about
sexual crimes on campus (Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act)
and develop policies to prevent assault (Campus Sexual Assault Victims’
Bill of Rights), but specifies are lacking. In many cases, campus sexual
assault policies vary from school to school. Criminal sexual assault charges
are outlined in Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011., but the definition of assault handled in Title IX hearings is much looser
Campus Sexual Assault Statistics
Women aged 18-21 are four times likelier to be sexually assaulted than
any other group.
Up to 25% of college women have reported being sexual assaulted at least once.
- According to research (“Sexual Assault on Campus” by Karjane,
Fisher, and Cullen), only five percent of campus sexual assault are reported
Statistics like these can sway courts and Title IX officers in the accuser’s
favor, putting the accused’s presumed innocence at risk. Regardless
of statistics or nature of the accusations, every individual is entitled
not only to equal protection under the law, but to presumption of innocence
and due process through the judicial system.
Challenging Allegations of College Campus Sex Offenses
Attorney Jed Silverman has been fighting on behalf of the criminally accused
for more than 14 years. He is a skilled trial lawyer who believes strongly
that each of his clients has a right to a zealous defense. He has considerable
experience defending clients, including college students against sex crimes
charges. You can rely on Jed Silverman for a strong defense.
Contact our firm now at (713) 597-2221 to talk about your case.