- Dozens of USC students have filed a federal complaint against the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault and rape cases
- In one case, a young woman said campus police dismissed her rape report because the attacker did not orgasm
- Another student said after the school dismissed her report of sexual assault, she was forced to attend class with her alleged attacker
- Tucker Reed, 23, claims her case was ignored even though she provided a recording of her alleged attacker confessing to the crime
- The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into the claims
PUBLISHED: 18:27 EST, 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 19:06 EST, 23 July 2013
University of Southern California students claim in a federal complaint that the school has ignored or mishandled dozens of sexual assault cases, including one case in which a woman was allegedly told by campus police that her rape report was groundless because the assailant did not orgasm.
‘Because he stopped, it was not rape,’ the student was allegedly told by a Department of Public Safety detective, according to the complaint, which details similar stories from more than 100 other students.
‘Even though his penis penetrated your vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime,’ the detective allegedly said. As a result, the woman’s case was not referred to the Los Angeles Police Department, the complaint says.
Tucker Reed, 23, who is a theater major at USC, says her ex-boyfriend raped her in December 2010. When she took her claims to university officials in December 2012, she said her case was not properly investigated
Ariella Mostov said officials ignored her claims that she was sexually assaulted and that afterwards, she was forced to attend classes with the suspect for an entire semester
The U.S. Department of Education is launching a federal investigation into the woman’s claims, along with the dozens of other allegations lodged against the school in the 110-page complaint. USC official Jody Shipper says the school will cooperate with federal officials on the inquiry.
Several students behind the complaint held a press conference Monday to talk about their cases.
‘The process made me feel raped a second time,’ said Tucker Reed, 23, who is a theater major at USC.
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Reed says her ex-boyfriend raped her in December 2010. When she took her claims to university officials in December 2012, she said her case was not properly investigated and that it was eventually dismissed.
She says she had presented detectives with evidence of the assault, including a recording in which her alleged attacker admitted to the crime.
Another student, Ariella Mostov, said officials ignored her claims that she was sexually assaulted and that afterwards, she was forced attend classes with the suspect for an entire semester.
University of Southern California students hold a press conference on a federal complaint accusing the school of ignoring or mishandling dozens of sexual assault cases
‘USC was unwilling to make any accommodations for me,’ she said, her voice shaking with emotion. ‘I was outraged.’
When another student went to the school’s Department of Public Safety to report a sexual assault at a fraternity event, an officer told her and a friend that women should not ‘go out, get drunk and expect not to get raped,’ according to the complaint.
The federal investigation is the latest in a series of inquiries into whether colleges are complying with the guidelines of Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Similar complaints have been filed against other schools around the nation, including Occidental College, UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, Swarthmore and Yale.