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The Northwestern University Football Hazing and Sexual Abuse Scandal

July 10, 2023  ·  By mark


In the developing story of the Northwestern University football team hazing and sexual abuse scandal, The Daily Northwestern has reported that at least two former Northwestern football players have confirmed that hazing within the football program included coerced sexual acts.

At Hurley McKenna & Mertz we have represented thousands of men who were sexually abused as children, teens and adults, including former players for the Chicago Blackhawks, youth members of the the Boy Scouts America and students at Chicago Catholic high schools. Male victims of sexual abuse describe long-term effects ranging from academic and professional decline to substance abuse issues.

What to Know About Sexual Assault of Males

Stigmas surrounding sexual assault victims, especially males, are prevalent throughout our society. Men may feel shame or self-doubt after experiencing an assault. However, many would be surprised to learn that 1 out of every 6 men has been sexually abused or assaulted.

Statistics also show that males are less likely to report these occurrences compared to females. Yet, sexual assault does not discriminate based on gender—all people can become victims of sexual assault.

The definition of sexual assault is not limited to gender, it is defined as:

“An act in which one intentionally sexually touches another person without that person’s consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will.”

After an assault occurs, many victims contemplate whether or not they should report the incident. Those who are courageous enough to seek justice are often silenced by powerful organizations such as colleges and universities. The silencing of victims by powerful organizations is frightening. Cases like this, and the recent UCLA story, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Are You Or A Loved One A Victim Of Sexual Assault? 

Understanding that sexual abuse occurs to people of all genders, ages, and abilities, can be difficult. At Hurley McKenna and Mertz, our experienced team can help guide victims through the process of seeking justice against those who caused them harm.

If you or a loved one are a survivor of hazing and sexual abuse within college sports programs, or by a coach, athletic director, fellow athletes or other sports professional, understand that it is your right to seek legal action against the abusers and the institution that failed to protect you.

We’ve helped thousands of survivors in cases against their assailants, and we’d like to stand up for you, too.

We want to get to know you, your situation, and how we can help you get the justice and healing you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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