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Liberty University sued by 12 women claiming school policies made sexual assault and rape more likely

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Liberty University has been sued by 12 women who claim the school created an environment on its Virginia campus that increased the likelihood of sexual assault and rape.

First, the lawsuit alleges the "The Liberty Way" which is the school's student honor code, makes it difficult to report sexual violence because it doesn't clearly shield students making the reports from punishment for infractions, including being at a place where alcohol is served -- or being alone with a member of the opposite sex.

Some plaintiffs involved in the complaint said they were discouraged from reporting assault allegations because they would be admitting their own violations of the Liberty Way policy.

One plaintiff, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe 3, who was a student at the time, said she was told by her resident advisor that she would suffer penalties for reporting that she had been sexually assaulted by a student athlete after a party because the school would penalize her for drinking, the lawsuit claims.

After the alleged assault, the roommates reported the plaintiff to the Student Conduct Office, the complaint states.

Although the plaintiff "attempted to make clear that she was the victim of a rape, Liberty University's Student Conduct Office gave her no opportunity to do so and, instead, forced her to sit with her rapist and apologize to her roommates for her violation of the Liberty Way," the complaint states.

Another plaintiff, Jane Doe 12, attended a Liberty University summer camp as a minor in 2000 and said she was attacked by a male on campus, harassed by campus police and then forced by officers investigating the alleged attack to allow herself to be photographed naked by a female debate coach, the complaint states.

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