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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Consequences for Perpetrators

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Criminal sexual conduct is a serious crime. If one is convicted, it can have serious consequences including:

  • Serving time in prison and paying fines in accordance with Minnesota statutes;
  • Receiving disciplinary action by the University, including expulsion;
  • Facing civil court action holding the convicted responsible for the cost of the victim's tuition, books, apartment rent, and attorney fees if the victim is unable to continue in school because of problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder; or if the victim becomes pregnant; or contracts an STD from the assault;
  • Facing additional related charges such as fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct, false imprisonment, breaking and entering, lewd and lascivious behavior, furnishing alcohol to a minor;
  • Knowing the convicted is responsible for inflicting great hurt and trauma on the victim who will never forget what the assailant did;
  • Incurring media publicity, public humiliation, campus rumors, rejection by peers;
  • Embarrassment for self and family;
  • Disqualification from career and employment opportunities;
  • Decreasing opportunities for friendships and dating relationships;
  • Financial repercussions such as restitution to the victim for psychological counseling, medical care, lost wages, etc.