Parties are often the high points of the difficult and studious weeks that many students endure during college. Maryland students who attend institutions of higher education may indulge their leisure time at private parties, parties thrown by Greek-life houses, or even parties sponsored by their schools. While many students use parties as a way to unwind and reduce stress, others discover that college parties can be environments where allegations of criminal activity are born.
Just recently Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore was hit with a lawsuit that alleged serious misconduct happened during a party on its campus. The lawsuit claims that a teenage girl attended the party at a fraternity house and that while at the party she was raped by two men. Though the men apparently were not students of the college at the time of the alleged sexual assault, the university as well as the men and the fraternity chapter all are named in the suit.
Allegations of sexual assault are serious and should be treated carefully on both the investigative and defensive sides of the case. Johns Hopkins is not the only college or university in the country that has faced allegations of this nature; in all 76 American colleges and universities are being investigated by the United States government for perceived mishandling of sexual assault cases.
The long-term consequences of being charged with rape or sexual assault are far-reaching. A college student may see his future derailed before it has time to develop should a criminal charge of this nature be lodged against him. As the federal government continues its investigation into the mishandling of sexual assault matters on college campuses, young adults will continue to attend parties and look for ways to have fun. Those that find themselves on the wrong side of criminal allegations may always work to protect their rights with the help of criminal defense representation.
Source: wbaltv.com, "Johns Hopkins sued following alleged rape at fraternity party," July 22, 2015