Is This The Worst College for Women in the United States?

Rust College is under fire for re-hiring a teacher accused of raping a 16-year-old, who went on to rape multiple students on campus.

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A Mississippi college is under intense fire after a student was forcibly raped in the office of a professor with a long and public history of past sexual assault and rape charges.

Courthouse News reported a lawsuit alleging that professor Sylvester Oliver had already lost his teaching license after being accused of raping a 16-year old girl. Yet, he was re-hired by Rust College, where he went on to forcibly rape a student in his office.

The student, plaintiff Jane Doe, is suing Rust College and Oliver in federal court. Doe is arguing that the college turned a blind eye to Oliver’s sexual exploitation of students by concealing his pattern of sexual misconduct and blatantly threatened to fire anyone who assisted in the investigation into her rape.

In her lawsuit, Doe claims that Rust College allowed Oliver to resign after he was accused of having "an inappropriate sexual relationship with at least one female student." Oliver then went to work for a school in Memphis but was fired and lost his teaching license after a 16-year-old girl accused him of rape. Yet, despite the knowledge of the allegations, Rust College re-hired Oliver. Soon after, he forcibly raped Doe in his office.

Doe claims that shortly after her rape she reported it to the college and the Holly Springs Police Department but the college did not fire Oliver.  Moreover, she claims that Oliver was not the only male employee of Rust College that has sexually assaulted a student at the historically black liberal arts college.

Doe is seeking compensation and punitive damages for the ordeal.  Oliver is currently awaiting trial on criminal rape charged.

Doe’s lawyers from the Cochran Firm, believe there are more victims out there and last week launched a website for the lawsuit: //

Since the launch of the website, the lawyers say that more women have come forward to say they were raped, Local Memphis reported.

“A team of investigators have uncovered what we think is a scandalous type of approach to monitoring this type of activity,” said Cochran Firm attorney Sam Cherry to Wreg Memphis News

Read more at Courthouse News.



Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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