Lawsuit claims Howard University failed to help sexual assault victims

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WASHINGTON -- Five women who say they were raped at Howard University are now suing the school.  The lawsuit claims the university failed in how it responded to each case, and did not do enough to help the victims.

The lawsuit filed against Howard University, Wednesday, says between 2014 and 2016, five former and current female students were raped on campus.

One student says she was sexually assaulted by another student who was a resident assistant in her dorm.  According to the lawsuit, even after the victim reported the rape, her alleged attacker still had a room key and access to her room.

Another victim says she was also sexually assaulted by the same man.

In all 5 cases, the women say they told university officials.  However, instead of receiving proper help and protection, the victims claim they were mistreated, discriminated against, and were told they should be embarrassed.

Howard University sent this statement to DCW50 News at 10p in response to the lawsuit:

Sexual assault is a critical issue on campuses across higher education.  Howard University takes very seriously all allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and gender-based discrimination occurring on the University's campus or involving the University's students. Our commitment is evidenced by our rigorous enforcement of the University's Title IX Policy on Prohibited Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Discrimination in Education Program and Activities.  The University has been, and remains, committed to diligently investigating any such allegations to ensure a safe and healthy community for our faculty, staff and students.

Out of consideration for the privacy of all individuals involved, and as a matter of practice, we do not comment on pending litigation.


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