Protecting Sexual Assault & Harassment Victims Call the Leaders in Hazing Injury Now

Sexual Hazing Attorneys

Hazing Lawyers Fight for Assault & Harassment Victims

In the nation's foremost hazing study, researchers discovered a startling fact: between 6 to 9% of NCAA female athletes were subjected to sexual hazing. Given that only a third of sexual assaults are ever reported, it's possible that up to 1 in 5 female athletes are subjected to sexual hazing. Sexual hazing is one of the most insidious, harmful forms of hazing.

As the name makes clear, sexual hazing is any form of hazing that coerces or forces its victims to perform a sexual act, simulate a sexual act, or commit a sexual act against another person. It leaves its victims traumatized for life, but here's the worst part: sexual acts adds a layer of shame and cover-up to ritualized abuse, compelling its victims to remain silent.

Most of the victims of sexual hazing will never speak up.

In April 2019, Florida lawmakers unanimously passed Andrew's Law, an update to the hazing statute written by Attorney David Bianchi. The law provides for the prosecution of event coordinators and recruiters if someone is injured by hazing at their event, even if they don't attend; provides immunity to the first person to call 911 or administer aid to a hazing victim; and provides other improvements. The bill was sent to the governor for signing shortly after passage. The law was named for Andrew Coffey, an FSU student who was killed by a Pi Kappa Phi hazing tradition in November 2017.

This law will make it harder for hazing wrongdoers to escape justice while giving individuals an incentive to cooperate with investigators and get immediate aid to the victims of hazing.

One Small Town's Dark Secret

In La Vernia, TX, football is a way of life. Parents socialize at their children's games, towns gather around teams and players, and moving from the junior varsity squad to the varsity team is the highlight of a student's high school career. Tragically, for 9 students between 2015 and 2017, it also meant being subjected to heinous acts of sexual abuse.

Thanks to anonymous witnesses and a subsequent police investigation, 13 students—nearly half of them adults—were arrested for sexual assault. Some of the charges were more specific, i.e., "sexual assault of a child." Senior members of the team were reportedly using objects like bats, brooms, and carbon dioxide tanks to sexually abuse new varsity players. Many of the victims of these acts are among the only people to refuse to corroborate the charges.

Why Our Sexual Hazing Attorneys Fight in Civil Court

This isn't just rape or sexual assault. Five 'normal' teenagers held down their teammates and subjected him to sexual trauma because their culture made it okay. How many of those boys suffered the same ritual? This sort of behavior becomes possible as soon as ritualized abuse is normalized in any group. As soon as a team decides "this is acceptable behavior; this is an acceptable way to 'welcome' newcomers to our team," then any heinous behavior is on the table.

Criminal prosecution addresses the actions of individual perpetrators, but civil litigation addresses the culture that created them. Civil litigation allows victims and parents to hold the school responsible for failing to create a safe environment, for failing to hold its coaches and administrators accountable. Civil litigation makes it so that justice can be done against an entire organization as well as the individual perpetrators—which helps keep this from happening again.

Civil litigation is not just about punishment; it's also about prevention.

If you've been sexually assaulted or harassed as a result of ritual hazing, speak with Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. Our hazing injury lawyers secured one of the largest hazing verdicts in history and have changed the way the law prosecutes hazing throughout Florida. Call (305) 770-6335 or contact us online if you want to ensure this doesn't happen again in your community. We are here to help you.

Why Hire Us
  • 35 Years of Fighting for Our Clients.

  • Limited Caseload. Unlimited Focus.

  • Hundreds of Millions Recovered.

  • 150+ Years' Collective Experience.

  • Nationally-Recognized Legal Team.

Do You Need Help?

Fill out this form, and we'll setup a free consultation! Call (305) 770-6335
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message

Get a Nationally Recognized Firm on Your Side

Our Attorneys Are Ready to Make Your Voice Be Heard

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message

Integrity. 150+ Years of Combined Experience

Commitment. Limited Caseloads Equals Unlimited Focus

Results. Hundreds of Millions Recovered For Our Clients