Legal advice can help sexual assault survivors

As terrible instances of rape on college campuses dominate our state and national headlines, we must ensure survivors of sexual assault are not forgotten and receive the help they need to put their lives back together.

Amy Smith
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX)
June 25, 2016

Tags: Sexual Assault

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Lubbock, The (TX)


In Texas, one in five women and one in 20 men have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, according to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. At the Legal Aid Society of Lubbock, Inc., we see first-hand the longlasting effects of sexual assault on individuals and legal issues affecting their recovery.

Survivors’ legal problems can include privacy violations, physical safety threats, school accommodations, employment sanctions, financial problems and housing problems.

The Legal Aid Society’s Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault Project serves 14 Texas counties, including Lubbock and the surrounding rural areas. LASSA provides survivors of sexual assault with a wide-range of free legal services from general advice to holistic, direct representation on civil legal matters.