Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

September-16-13

Rape Survivor Settles Lawsuit with Wesleyan and Fraternity

A former Wesleyan University student who was sexually assaulted in 2010 at a fraternity house, nicknamed by students the "rape factory," has settled a $10 million lawsuit against the university and the fraternity chapter. An order for dismissal was filed on August 30 by District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny, stating the parties had settled the lawsuit. The woman was locked in a room and raped at a Halloween party at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, known as Beta House, when she was a freshman.

The lawsuit, filed in October 2012, alleged that Wesleyan officials were aware of numerous student injuries and sexual assaults that took place at the house, but failed to sufficiently warn or protect students. The victim did not know about the house's history.

The lawsuit also alleged that Wesleyan violated Title IX by not protecting the woman against harassment and discrimination. After the victim reported her assault, Wesleyan banned students from using the house, which sparked campus-wide protests. She could hear protesters outside of her dorm, so she was traumatized, forced to hide in her room, and missed classes. She eventually took a medical leave and transferred to another school, in part because she claims Wesleyan officials did little to help her after she was raped.

The rapist plead no contest to charges of third-degree assault and first-degree unlawful restraint in June 2012, and he is now serving a 15-month prison sentence. He was a friend of a fraternity member, not a member himself, and he did not attend Wesleyan.

Media Resources: Boston.com 9/10/2013; The Courant 9/10/2013


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/24/2014 Thousands of Women in Iran Protest Acid Attacks in Wake of Religious Law - On Wednesday, thousands of Iranians in the historic city of Isfahan gathered to protest recent acid attacks on women. . . .
 
10/24/2014 Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15 - Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). This month, the DC Board of Elections approved language submitted by a local chapter of ROC to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15/hour by 2019. . . .
 
10/23/2014 All of Tennessee's Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1 - All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall. . . .