Federal Lawsuit Says Wesleyan Failed To Protect Woman From Assault At Fraternity House Called A 'Rape Factory'

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A former Wesleyan University student who was assaulted two years ago during a Halloween fraternity party filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the school of failing to protect her from dangers at the fraternity, which she claims was known on campus as the "Rape Factory."

The 27-page lawsuit, filed electronically Friday at U.S. District Court in Connecticut by a Maryland woman identified as "Jane Doe," charges Wesleyan with violating Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, by failing "to supervise, discipline, warn or take other corrective action" against the Mu Epsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, actions that it says could have prevented the assault. The lawsuit says the student was raped.

Jane Doe, after reporting the incident, became a target of those who protested a recommendation by Wesleyan officials that students avoid the fraternity, the lawsuit says. They chanted "Free Beta" outside her dorm and other places she was at on campus, according to the lawsuit.

"Wesleyan did nothing to prevent, and was deliberately indifferent to the harm caused to Jane Doe by the rape and outrageous sexual harassment and intimidation that followed her everywhere on campus," the lawsuit says.

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