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Family Says 5 Yr. Old Girl was Sexually Assaulted at Plymouth, MI Church During Sunday School

On January 3rd, the family of Jane Doe, a minor, filed a lawsuit in the Third Circuit Court in Wayne County, MI against The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth and two of its employees, seeking accountability and justice for sexual abuse that was perpetrated by a third-party adult male against five-year-old Jane Doe during Sunday School at the Church.

On Palm Sunday 2017, Jane Doe’s parents entrusted Jane’s safety and well-being to the Church and its employees during Sunday School. Despite representations and assurances to the Doe family that Jane would be properly supervised at all times, two Church employees responsible for the Sunday School class allowed her to leave the classroom alone and unsupervised. In the 20 minutes that Jane was missing from the classroom, her absence unnoticed by Sunday School teachers, an adult man took Jane into the bathroom and sexually assaulted her. Even though the Does reported the abuse to the Church the next day, the Church failed to notify other parents that a child had been sexually abused on Church premises, or that the police were investigating, for nearly a month. During that time, other families continued to leave their children in the Church’s care, unaware of the unresolved danger.

The Does’ lawsuit alleges that the Church allowed anyone who entered the Church unfettered access to Sunday School children, understaffed its Sunday School program, and failed to properly train or supervise its employees. Because of the Church’s failure to implement the most basic safety measures to protect, or even record who was allowed access to, children in the Sunday School program, law enforcement—despite conducting a lengthy investigation that included DNA evidence—has been unable to identify the man who assaulted Jane Doe, and the perpetrator remains at large, continuing to pose a risk to children in the community.

The Doe family, represented by The Fierberg National Law Group attorney, Monica Beck, brings this lawsuit to seek justice for Jane, to incite change in the Church’s policies, practices, and attitudes toward the safety of children entrusted to its care, and to ensure that no other child or family suffer as they have. “Our churches must be the safest communities for children and the least safe for those who hurt them. When the church fails to protect and advocate for the little ones in our midst, it fails to reflect the very heart of Jesus,” said Boz Tchividjian, a consulting attorney specializing in issues related to child abuse and protection in church communities. By speaking out, the Doe family hopes to end the silence around child sexual abuse, raise awareness about a culture that minimizes and covers up abuse occurring within religious institutions, and hold the Church and its leadership accountable for events that have forever changed their lives.

See the Local News Coverage Here:  WJBK-TV 2 FOX DetroitWDIV-TV 4 NBC Detroit, and WXYZ-TV 7 ABC Detroit


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“I am so grateful for your assistance with everything. I am thankful to have this behind me and I am looking forward to moving on with my studies.”

Lisa Cloutier and The Fierberg National Law Group continued to seek justice pro bono for a sexual assault and Title IX victim who no longer had the ability to pay.

We prevailed on an appeal, convinced the school to let us submit an appeal of discipline, connected her with accommodations for the first time, and negotiated a tuition reimbursement and grade change…all of which were the key items she wanted. 

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Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press

December 6, 2018

They were dubbed the “Bored Group” —  nine online predators who targeted vulnerable teenage girls on the Internet, manipulating them into performing sex acts online and even convincing some to cut themselves while they watched.

For five years, they pretended to be teenage boys.

But on Wednesday, the grown men who lurked behind the computer screens came face to face with some of their victims in U.S. District Court in Detroit, where the still-traumatized victims persuaded a judge to lock the men up for decades for robbing their innocence and trust, and for destroying their childhoods.

“Thinking back to those days causes me to cry myself to sleep, wondering when the monsters will stop haunting me,” one victim told the judge.

Christian Maire

The accused ringleader is Christian Maire, a 40-year-old married father of two from New York who was sentenced to 40 years in prison for running an online porn operation that sexually exploited more than 100 girls nationwide, including an Oakland County girl who helped the FBI bust the scheme in 2017.

The operation started in 2012, though arrests did not occur for another five years. Indictments followed.

According to court records, here is how the ‘Bored Group’s’ enterprise worked:

Each member had a role. The “hunters” sought out girls on social media sites and lured them to the un-monitored chat rooms. Once there, the “talkers” took over, convincing girls to undress and engage in sexual activity by talking to them about a variety of subjects, like school, family, sports and sex. The “loopers” were used to entice the girls by playing previously recorded videos of teen boys performing sex acts in a chatroom. The “loopers”  pretended to be the teenage boys in the video, which they used to convince the girls to do the same things.

The “Bored Group” even had a plan for vulnerable victims. If a girl was suicidal or revealed that she was cutting herself, the group held a “trust-building session”  that involved sensitive chats about life and the girl’s worth. The goal was to win the girl’s trust for one reason: “so that she would eventually undress and/or masturbate on a web camera,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.

The group’s victims ranged in ages 10-17. They include a girl who was coerced into having sex with her dog, another who was encouraged to masturbate with a banana, and an elite ballet dancer who battled loneliness and anxiety and was manipulated into making more than 60 videos of herself engaged in sexual activity.

The case was prosecuted in Detroit, where Maire on Wednesday pleaded with the judge through tears for a chance to rehabilitate himself.

“I’m really so ashamed of myself and all the harm I’ve caused my victims,” Maire told U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy, sobbing at times. “I never knew I could sink this low …  but I am sick. Pornography led me down a very dark road. If I was here as a parent instead of a defendant, I would be devastated.”

Maire had three supporters speak on his behalf in court Wednesday: a Greek Orthodox priest who said he took Maire’s confession and that he appeared genuinely remorseful; a family friend who is a judge in Georgia, and his father, who apologized to the victims.

“My heart goes out to the victims for the trauma my son has caused … I am truly appalled by his actions,” said the father, who described his son as a loving and doting father who used his college education to grow a fledgling company.

“We’re still struggling to understand what he did,” the father said. “He’s an addict battling an addiction. With proper counseling, he can leave prison a better man … I still love him.”

As Maire’s supporters asked for leniency, a victim in the courtroom whispered to a friend: “But they asked girls to cut themselves.”

‘I was blackmailed’

Several parents and victims attended the sentencing. Some spoke while others sat quietly as the victims told their gut-wrenching stories.

“I am a 20-year-old girl standing here today, facing the monsters that destroyed my childhood due to child exploitation,” said a New Orleans woman, who was lured into the scheme when she was 16. “The internet was my escape from depression that I didn’t know I had at the time.”

Eventually, she started making videos and joined chat rooms, where she met the predators who were pretending to be teen boys.

“I enjoyed having ‘friends’ to talk to every day. They were always there no matter what time of day,” she told the judge.

But then came the blackmail. After flirting in the chat rooms and cultivating an online friendship, one of the men recorded her on video.

“From then on, I was blackmailed into doing things I didn’t want to do. They would threaten to come to my house and hurt my family and I. They even named everyone in my house, so I knew that these threats were serious,” she said. “They would tell me to take off my clothes and touch myself in sexual ways. So, I would try to accommodate their desires because I was scared.”

She added: “Every time I would do so, they would record me and blackmail me over and over again, which turned into an intimidating and vicious cycle.”

Then came the suicide attempts.

“I started hurting myself and I was in and out of the hospital for self-harm and attempted suicide,” she said. “I know they knew I was hurting because they would watch me cry and some would even ask me to self-harm while they watched.”

To this day, the Louisiana woman said, she can’t use a computer. “The tragic pain this has caused me still eats my soul … After all those years of hurt, I struggle with self-love, anxiety, and depression.”

‘Get them help’

Another victim – a 14-year-old girl who was 10 when the men exploited her online – told the judge she “regretted 100 percent” going into the chat room. But at the time, she was young, bullied and teased at school, and she longed for friends.

“I was manipulated … they told me I was special and that they loved me,” the girl recalled. “I thought I was special but I was just pleasing these sick people … I want this to be over with. I’m tired.”

The 14-year-old’s mother also spoke in court, saying her daughter has had night terrors almost every night and struggles with normal activities and school because of the predators.

Then she briefly looked up at the eight defendants sitting side by side in court: half of them hung their heads; the others had blank expressions.

“I look at these guys here —  not one of them looks like they care. They got what they wanted,” the mother said, adding her daughter “just wants a normal life.”

The mother urged the judge to give her daughter and the other victims justice, though she was merciful in her request.

“Get them help,” she said of the defendants. “They need help — as much, if not more than my daughter.”

Hundreds of victims

Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for Maire, calling him a chronic liar and manipulator who masterminded an “egregious crime syndicate” that sexually exploited and psychologically scarred preteen and teenage girls.

For reasons unknown, the group typically included the word “bored” in the title of their chatrooms, such as justsoboared, borednstuff, and boredascanbe — hence the name “Bored Group.”

“They hunted girls. They lied to girls. They manipulated girls … And they did so repeatedly for years, victimizing more than 100 girls,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Mulcahy has argued in court documents, stressing Maire, the “educated, worldly leader of the group, orchestrated it all.”

In court Wednesday, Mulcahy scoffed at Maire’s claims that he quit the child pornography ring out of shame six months before his 2017 arrest.

“It wasn’t shame and remorse, it was the fear of getting caught,” Mulcahy said, alleging Maire had been tipped off by one of his cohorts that the FBI was onto them.

According to prosecutors, Maire ran the scheme with the help of accomplices from across the country who preyed on vulnerable girls who are still struggling to cope.

“Almost all if not all of the minor victims in this case are depressed or in therapy, and several have suicidal intentions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney April Russo stated in court documents. “Some of them have attempted suicide.”

In the end, it was an Oakland County victim who helped the FBI piece the case together, triggering arrests and charges.

According to court records, the now 17-year-old Oakland County girl was tricked into posing nude on a webcam for the “Bored Group.” Among those who sexually exploited her was Maire, who had numerous explicit conversations with the girl when she was 14, records show.

The FBI interviewed the Oakland County girl in June 2017, when she told agents that she had “consistently” been in a chat room with four to five individuals whom she believed to be teenage boys. These people, she told the agents, enticed her to show them her naked body and perform sexually explicit acts while on a webcam.

After that interview, the FBI followed an electronic trail of evidence that led them to the other suspects, including Arthur Simpatico, 47, of Mississauga, Ontario, who was sentenced to 37 years in prison on Wednesday for his role. Prosecutors described him as a “callous” predator who was considered the “best of the best” at recruiting girls in the group and used his technological skills to help the group avoid detection by law enforcement.

It was Simpatico, prosecutors said, who tipped off the crew about the FBI being onto them.

In court Wednesday, Simpatico said from the lectern, handcuffed and shackled in orange jail garb: “I just want to apologize to anyone I’ve hurt. That was not my intention. I can’t take it back. I hope to be a better person in the future.”

In handing down the punishments, Judge Murphy expressed concerns about the dangerous nature of the Internet and said a message needs to be sent to online predators that their actions carry a stiff penalty.

“The amount of psychological damage done to the victims is of a very serious concern,” Murphy said. “This behavior deserves an extremely serious punishment … The Internet has obviously gotten out of control.”

Sentencing will continue Thursday.

The other defendants are:

Jonathan Rodriguez, 37, of West Hollywood, California

Michal Figura, 36, of Swarthmore, Pennylvania

Odell Ortega, 37, of Virginia Gardens, Florida

Brett Sinta, 36, of Hickory, North Carolina

Caleb Young, 38, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Daniel Walton, 34, of Saginaw, Texas

William T. Phillips, 39, of Highland, New York


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The Devastating Effects of the Ill-Conceived Proposed Title IX Changes

By Douglas Fierberg & Elizabeth Munoz

The Trump Administration’s ill-conceived proposed changes to Title IX will have devastating effects on the hard-fought progress made on decreasing sexual assaults on college campuses and encouraging survivors to report such misconduct.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, approximately 80% of rapes and sexual assaults are not reported.  That number is alarming, for obvious reasons.  Yet, the proposed regulations make both the reporting process and the investigation even more challenging, confrontational and threatening, further discouraging survivors from coming forward and decreasing the ability for justice for survivors.

First, rather than the current “preponderance of evidence” standard, which requires that the wrongdoing is proven as being more likely than not (over 50%), the regulations increase this standard to “clear and convincing,” which is a significantly higher burden of proof. 

There is no valid reason for increasing the required burden of proof for alleged sexual violence, when all other misconduct, including violent and deadly criminal acts, are judged in school disciplinary hearings by a preponderance of the evidence.  For example, a student defending himself in school disciplinary proceedings for allegedly killing, maiming, assaulting, stalking, etc., another student may be found responsible if his culpability is established by a preponderance of the evidence.  Were he charged with an act of sexual violence, though, the government and Secretary DeVos believe his responsibility should be established only by the higher standard of clear and convincing evidence.  Why the difference?  Historical and wrongful gender bias, pure and simple.  The fact is that men (the overwhelming majority of offenders) and women presently have numerous rights to defend themselves at school hearings, and appeal adverse findings to multiple levels of oversight. The idea that alleged offenders presently lack due process in defending themselves is pure fiction.

Second, the current disciplinary systems at schools permit extensive questioning of the survivor and accused to challenge their respective accounts and testimony, though under reasonably controlled circumstances. 

Most often, this involves presenting questions to the judicial panel to be posed to the other party for purposes of exposing inconsistencies or other shortcomings in their claims.  This keeps the proceedings civil and meaningful.  The proposed regulations would essentially set the dogs loose by allowing the representatives of the accused to directly cross-examine, attack and intimidate the survivor with questions that have not been subjected to any prior review by the judicial panel.  The foreseeable result is that survivors will face scathing, wholly irrelevant, abusive and inadmissible questions before the panel even has an opportunity to prevent the abusive questioning.  One simple example where this will certainly cause harm and havoc to survivors is when the accused will invariably seek to use a survivor’s other sexual relationships to prove his own innocence.  Virtually every state and court either prohibits this line of inquiry entirely under so-called Rape Shield statutes or severely limits and closely supervises this line of questioning because of its general irrelevance and abusiveness.  But, by allowing direct questioning by the accused and his representatives, the regulations will undoubtedly result in this type of abuse, which, like bruises, do not simply disappear after the beating stops.

Third, the proposed guidelines change the definition of sexual harassment to be an event, “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity.”

Yet, the question of what constitutes sexual abuse and harassment are so often inextricably connected to the specific, unique and subjective surrounding circumstances and persons involved.  It still matters that a young woman is regularly harassed at school by another student about her gender, body and physical appearance, even if she, for reasons particular to her, is more sensitive or vulnerable to such comments than other young women.  That the harassing comments regularly devastate her are not “objectively” offensive to others should not give the abuser a license to continue, and this is a long-settled principle of American law:  A wrongdoer is never deemed entitled to a healthy, strong victim by any actual or quasi-judicial forum in this country.   The wrongdoer is responsible even if his conduct might not have harmed others.

Finally, the proposed regulations lessen the responsibility of schools to protect students to misconduct that occurs on campus, exempting the wide-range of misconduct that takes place in off-campus fraternity houses, other school-related locations, parties and events, even though a substantial portion of sexual assaults occur in these circumstances,[1]  and such misconduct invariably carries onto campus because that’s where the assailant and survivor reside and attend classes. 

It’s on campus – in the dormitories, classrooms, cafeterias, libraries and at school events – that the survivor faces the presence, threat and terrifying harassment of the assailant and, often, his friends and supporters.  It is this threat, unchecked and unresolved, that causes so many survivors academic harm, exclusion, and other damages.  There are absolutely no legal or moral bases for permitting schools to protect a survivor’s educational rights in this circumstance.

Considerable institutional, societal, and structural barriers are already in place which discourages survivors of assault from reporting their assault.  Likewise, those and other structures provide due process, meaningful hearings, and appeals to persons accused of engaging in sexual violence and misconduct.  The proposed regulations do not fix real problems in the system.  Instead, if implemented, they are sure to further discourage survivors from reporting sexual assaults, harm them when they pursue valid claims, and pave the way for numerous assailants to evade responsibility for their misconduct.

[1] The principal insurer and risk-management company for universities conducted a study that found that 41% of assaults occur at off-campus parties.


To offer your input, please go to and search for Docket ID “ED-2018-OCR-0064” or “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance” to begin the process and click on the option to “Comment Now”. Comments are accepted as a text entry or uploaded document, either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF (text-searchable preferred) and should include the Docket ID. Please note that all submitted comments are made publicly available online, so do not include anything you don’t want to be made public.

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The Number of Student-on-Student Sexual Violence Complaints in Chicago Schools is Terrifying

624 Sex Assault Complaints at Chicago Schools This Semester

Associated Press
November 29 at 1:07 PM

CHICAGO — A new office created to look into cases of sexual abuse in Chicago’s public schools after an investigation revealed that the officials had failed to adequately do so has received nearly 500 allegations of student-on-student sexual violence in less than three months.

The Office of Student Protections and Title IX that was created after the Chicago Tribune found broad lapses in how the nation’s third-largest school district protected students from sexual abuse, physical assault, and harassment, including by school employees, since 2011.

On Wednesday, district officials told the City Council’s education committee that in addition to the hundreds of recent allegations of student-on-student sexual violence, they had received 133 reports of alleged misconduct by adults — many of whom work for the district. The district’s deputy general counsel, Douglas Henning said the reports reflect a growing willingness to report sexual abuse.

“We’re in a world now where if you see something that makes you uncomfortable, that you think is wrong, you absolutely have to report that,” she told the committee.

The fact that hundreds of reports were made in a matter of weeks also raises questions about how many more children have been victims of sexual violence — both in the city and around the country.

Last year, The Associated Press reported that more than a third of the states don’t track student sexual assaults and that some of the nation’s biggest school districts reported zero sexual assaults over a multi-year period.

The Chicago school district created its office after the Tribune published its “Betrayed” series that looked into how the district had been dealing with such allegations. Among other things, the new office must forward adult-related complaints it receives to the district’s inspector general. It also has reviewed background checks on tens of thousands of district workers, vendors and volunteers that resulted in 128 employees being fired, recommended for dismissal or resigning under scrutiny.

Some aldermen expressed anger about the way the district is going about protecting students.

“This Office of Student Protections? Their schools should be the office of student protections,” said Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza, who is also a member of the Chicago Teachers Union. “When you walk into that building, your school should protect you. You should have a counselor full time, social worker full time.”

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Equal Rights Amendment is Making Moves

After decades of obscurity, the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution is seeing new momentum, thanks to the #MeToo movement and the Trump Effect.

by Laura L. Dunn, J. D., 2018 TED Fellow
Illustration by Camila Rosa

During the historic Seneca Falls rally in 1923, suffragist Alice Paul put forth a Constitutional Amendment that became the blueprint for the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Our foremothers were not merely seeking the right to vote; they wanted full gender equality under the law (amen!). The ERA is important, because it states, in part, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” After decades of obscurity, the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution is seeing new momentum thanks to the #MeToo era and the Trump Effect. 

Passing a Constitutional amendment is quite a Herculean task. It took the women’s rights movement 49 years to lobby Congress to put forward the ERA to the states. And when Congress did in 1972, despite there being no time limit for ratification under the Constitution, it added a seven-year deadline to its legislative proposal.

For the first two years, the ERA enjoyed immediate momentum, passing in 22 of the needed 38 states in 1972, and then another eight states in 1973. However, momentum began to slow with only three states ratifying in 1974, one in 1975, none in 1976, and one in 1977. This brought the ERA within three states of passing with two years left on the deadline. Activists lobbied Congress to extend the deadline until 1982. Despite these efforts, there was a growing conservative movement that took on the ERA to kill its momentum and leave the amendment sitting for decades without any progress.

While women’s rights activists burnt their bras in the street and marched in support of the ERA, conservatives claimed the ERA would disrupt traditional family values, result in women’s service in the military, allow same-sex marriage, and reinforce reproductive rights, including access to abortion. In response to this backlash, four state legislatures rescinded their ratification, and the ERA lost momentum and slipped away into obscurity.

Despite the popular vote being in her favor, the country failed to elect the first female president in 2016. Instead, the electoral college placed one of the most morally and ethically questionable male presidents in office. This man is accused of harassing and abusing women, and in response, people are resisting—women are running for political office and people are mobilizing in the streets. The Trump Effect has reignited the #MeToo movement, which is bringing new life to the ERA. In 2017, Nevada ratified it, and in May 2018, Illinois did, too. For those of you keeping count, this brings the amendment within one state of the three-fourths the Constitution requires for full ratification. Though there are open questions regarding the effect (if any) of the congressional deadline, or four-state rescission efforts, many legal scholars believe all that is needed is the constitutional requirement of three-fourths ratification (TBD). 

While we #resist the abusive Trump administration and say #timesup to the
sexual abusers revealed by #MeToo, we really need to start
saying it’s time for the ERA.

Of those the 13 states that haven’t passed the ERA, seven have passed it within one house of its bicameral legislature: Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia. These are the states that need a major grassroots surge of support, as well as progressive candidates pushing for the ERA as part of their political platforms. The Feminist Majority Foundation and National Organization of Women (NOW) are mobilizing today. Of the remaining six states, three have not made any effort to pass the ERA: Utah, Alabama, and Georgia, and three have repeatedly failed to ratify the ERA even in one house: Arkansas, Arizona, and Mississippi.

While we #resist the abusive Trump administration and say #timesup to the sexual abusers revealed by #MeToo, we really need to start saying it’s time for the ERA. It is absurd that in this day and time, gender equality is not guaranteed in America at the core of our Constitution.  While there are some protections against it within the Fourteenth Amendment, the venerable and notorious R.B.G., US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has argued this is insufficient to ensure gender equality. As a way to #resist and say #TimesUp, nothing could be more powerful than passing the ERA.

As the famous Black Panther leader, Assata Shakur, famously said, “People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”  Our foremothers left us with some unfinished business. Between the Trump Effect and #MeToo movement, we have regained the momentum needed to finish this job and pass the ERA today. 

Article: Tom Tom Mag

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Broomstick Hazing Ritual – Damascus, Md. High School JV Football Team Continues “Tradition”

Image result for american football imagesOne of the alleged victims told police that he had heard about the tradition of “brooming” when he was in middle school but thought it was a myth. When he pleaded for his attackers to stop, they told him it was tradition, according to the report.

Five boys on a Damascus Md. JV high school football team are facing various rape charges after allegedly using a broomstick to assault teammates as part of a “hazing” ritual.

The Washington Post obtained police reports describing the alleged attacks of four members of the Damascus High School junior varsity football team on Halloween.

“He thought the football team was supposed to be a family and look out for each other … and did not think they could do something that horrible,” the police report states.

The alleged attackers turned off the lights in the locker room before pinning down their victims, according to the report. Two of the victims escaped after being pinned down while a 14- and 15-year old were allegedly assaulted with a broomstick.

From The Washington Post:

Another victim told investigators that he was in the locker room, saw the first boy attacked and then heard the attackers say they were coming after him. They held him facedown over a bench and assaulted him with a broomstick for about 10 seconds, according to the incident report.

Three 15-year-olds have been charged with two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of attempted second-degree rape. Another boy stands charged with three counts of second-degree rape and another one count of second-degree rape, according to The Post.

All five are charged as juveniles.

Montgomery school officials told the Post that they were not aware of the systematic “hazing” alleged in the police report.

Complete story reported by Jason Owens at Yahoo Sports.

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A former Myers Park High School student reported being sexually assaulted by a fellow student in the woods behind the school and officials allegedly did nothing.

 CMS, by and through its officials, failed to take her complaint to investigate or resolve the sexual violence as required under Title IX. 

According the to lawsuit, not only did the above occur, by Mr. Leak also “discouraged Ms. Doe from taking action by suggesting she could be arrested for a false report.” He then turned around and “filed a false report with CMPD claiming Ms. Doe skipped school without any mention of the rape.”

This failure to take the proper steps in responding to the complaint also led to no disciplinary action against the accused.

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Tattered Baylor Hit with $2M Fine from Big 12 for Sexual Assault Scandal

Colleges and universities are having to answer publicly for how their administrations handle reports of sexual misconduct and other controversies on campus.

The Big 12 athletic conference announced Tuesday that it will fine Baylor University $2 million for “reputational damage to the conference and its members” resulting from a high-profile sexual assault scandal that involved the university’s football team.

In the eyes of it conference, Baylor is now in full compliance with the league….

Read More: Big 12 Confirms Baylor Implemented All Recommendations

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