Sexual Abuse by Professors

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Sexual misconduct by professors has had a devastating effect on the trust and safety of students in academic institutions. One of the main reasons is the power imbalance when professors engage in inappropriate sexual relationships with students at many colleges. This not only violates the sacredness of the classroom but it can also lead to more serious forms of sexual assaults.

Every student deserves a safe and secure learning environment. Institutions must address and correct sexual abuse cases in order to rebuild trust and safety. Institutions must fight for justice and hold themselves accountable. Student safety should be a priority, not reputational issues. Every student deserves to learn in a safe and secure environment without fear.

The Reality of Professor Sexual Abuse: A Disturbing Issue

It’s no secret that professor sexual abuse is on the rise in colleges around the world. Students entrusted with the promise of education and growth often face sexual violence from those they should be able to trust most. Some may dismiss these incidents as mere sexual gossip, but the growing number of reported sexual abuse cases tells a much more disturbing story.

It’s important to distinguish between gossip and genuine concern. Every sexually assaulted student case calls into question the academic integrity. Colleges must acknowledge the extent of this problem and take steps to ensure students’ safety and the integrity of their education.

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Recognizing Professor Sexual Assault: Unacceptable Behaviors

Unwanted Advances:

Many students have experienced unwanted actions from their college professors. While some may dismiss these incidents as unsubstantiated sexual gossip, the reality is that they happen far too often. It’s important to recognize these occurrences as a first step toward potential sexual violence.

Quid Pro Quo:

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when a college professor coerces a student into sex in exchange for grades, privileges, or favors. It’s not only a violation of the student’s dignity, but it’s also a violation of the university’s values.

Hostile Educational Environment:

A professor who has a habit of making offensive comments, making suggestive gestures, or engaging in physical contact with students creates a hostile learning environment. This type of behavior impedes students’ ability to learn, makes them feel unsafe, and impedes their academic development.


Students must never face reprisals if they speak out against harassment. However, many students are afraid to speak out for fear of reprisal, which makes the problem of sexual assaulted students in academia even more serious.

Recognizing Professor Sexual Assault: Unacceptable Behaviors

Title IX Lawsuits:

Title IX requires colleges to take action against sexual misconduct. When the perpetrator is a college professor, victims of sexual misconduct have the right to bring a Title IX lawsuit against the institution. Such a suit can reveal the identity of the college professor responsible and lead to systemic changes in the way sexual abuse is handled.

Tort Claims:

If you are a victim of a professor’s misconduct, you can file a tort claim for compensation. These claims, regardless of whether you are charged with a crime, focus on the personal harm you suffered as a result of the misconduct. These claims can be critical in showing the emotional and psychological impact of the abuse.

Breach of Contract:

Some students have contracts with colleges that include things like scholarships or housing. If a college’s actions or the university’s response to sexual allegations or misconduct violate the terms of the contract, the student can file a lawsuit to invalidate the contract.

Defamation Lawsuits:

In cases where victims are wrongfully accused or their reputation is damaged by professors who try to cover up or deny accusations, they can bring a defamation lawsuit to get their reputation back and get justice.

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Institutional Accountability and Policy Reform

Sexual abuse by professors must be addressed in order for colleges to truly safeguard students. An inappropriate student-professor sexual relationship is often a smokescreen for more serious sexual misconduct. When policy reform is prioritized, colleges can reduce the risk of sexual violence and ensure that students experience a safe learning environment. It’s time for colleges to take responsibility and confront the disturbing reality of sexual assault within their borders.

Take a Stand Against Abuse!

Every student has the right to a safe learning environment. Educate yourself, stand up, and speak out against sexual misconduct at colleges. Together we can make sure that academic spaces remain a place of trust and opportunity. Act now and change the world. Join the movement!


Before reporting an incident to a Title IX coordinator or administrative department, students should ensure they are safe. Most colleges have confidentiality policies for handling these complaints. Students should document the incident, reach out to counseling services, and consider legal action if necessary.

Colleges must focus on training faculty, employees, and students on how to identify and address sexual misconduct through clear policies, open reporting, and strong support structures. Colleges must investigate all allegations thoroughly and take prompt corrective action against those responsible.

While every allegation should be treated fairly and objectively, treating them as sexual rumor perpetuates a toxic environment. Every claim should be thoroughly investigated to find the truth and protect potential victims.


Our managing partner (pictured) is an experienced, compassionate civil rights trial attorney who has handled hundreds of sexual assault and sexual harassment cases in state and federal courts – at both the trial and appellate level, for over 30 years. She has also negotiated numerous settlements on behalf of plaintiffs who have had their lives turned upside down by sexual abuse and sexual assault. She has represented numerous high-profile clients, and she has also handled disputes and cases for victims who did not have the financial resources to hire a lawyer.

She is extraordinarily passionate about helping survivors of sexual abuse defend their civil rights violations, and get justice they truly deserve for their pain and suffering. She has personally handled hundreds of sexual assault and sexual harassment cases, and she has written for major publications such as the the Huffington Post the The Los Angeles Daily Journal. If there is evidence of wrongdoing and there’s potential to file a lawsuit, she may be able to take your case on a contingency basis, where you only pay if your case is won & money is recovered.

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