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School Principal Discouraged Teen Girl from Reporting Sexual Assault Because It Would Ruin Attacker's Basketball Career

Her attacker went on to assault another girl just 2 weeks later. And the story only gets worse.
 
 
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Last week the National Women’s Law Center, along with a local law firm in Michigan  filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf a high school student who was sexually assaulted at school by a fellow student and star basketball player. In many ways the story echoes the tragic high school rape story from  Steubenville, Ohio,which should lead all of us to ask just what kind of culture are we raising our children in, and what kind of culture is being cultivated at our high schools?

According to the complaint, in 2010 the victim was sexually assaulted by a star player on the school’s basketball team. The assault took place on campus in a sound proof band room at Forest Hills Central High School. The victim notified a teacher who in turn reported the assault to the principal. But rather than open an investigation into the allegations, the principal discouraged the student and her parents from filing charges, telling them that doing so could ruin the assailant’s prospects at being recruited to play basketball for a Division 1 school.

Read the rest of this post at RH Reality Check. 

Jessica Mason Pieklo is a writer and law professor who specializes in health law and constitutional law. Her book on reproductive rights and the law will be published this spring.

 
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