Quantcast
Connect with us

‘Neanderthal’ college demands rape victim provide her entire sexual history to prove she wasn’t a virgin

Published

on

A private liberal arts college in Virginia being sued by a woman who claims she was raped on campus is demanding she provide them with her entire sexual history — including partner’s names — in a motion filed in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Virginia Wesleyan College wants the woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” to name any individual she has had sexual intercourse with “at any time” and provide them with names of all her boyfriends since August 2012, when she was allegedly raped by a male classmate.

ADVERTISEMENT

WAVY reports that the woman’s attorney, Jonathan Halperin, is stunned by the request, calling it “neanderthal and offensive.”

“The school’s attorneys’ attempt to question a rape victim on this private and sensitive matter is neanderthal and offensive,” he said. “Jane Doe was raped by a stranger. Her sexual history is irrelevant.”

The school is challenging her assertion that she was traumatized by the incident and is unable to have sex now, while also questioning her assertion that she was a virgin before the sexual assault.

According to the filing, attorneys for the school state: “VWC acknowledges the Plaintiff’s sexual history is a sensitive subject. However, as noted above, Plaintiff has put her sexual history at issue by arguing she is unable to have sex, does not have any interest in sex, and has experienced sexual difficulties in romantic relationships due to her inability to and sex and lack of interest in sex. Given the significance of these claims in a case where $10 million is at issue, VWC feels compelled to explore Plaintiff’s sexual history.”

According to the woman, on the night in question a peer counselor employed by the school gave her an alcoholic drink that may have been drugged and she was raped by a fellow student afterwards.

ADVERTISEMENT

Her assailant was found responsible for sexual misconduct and expelled in 2013, but the college later changed his transcript to read  “voluntarily withdrawn” instead of “expelled” in order to “assist him in seeking further studies,” according to a letter the woman received from a dean.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, attorney Halperin slammed the school’s discovery demand.

“This is a drug facilitated rape of a freshman woman on her third day of orientation by a stranger,” Halperin said. “To ask the victim in discovery to name every sexual partner and romantic interest she has ever had is irrelevant and outrageous and totally inappropriate. It is intended to harass and intimidate the victim.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Halperin is expected to be in court on Monday to ask a  judge to protect his client from what he calls “unnecessarily broad interrogatory into her sexual history.”


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Rest in pieces, Redskins. Now here are sports’ other weird, dumb or suspect nicknames

Published

on

They are out there. Fans of the Washington football club formerly known as “Redskins” who are genuinely upset that their team is burying some of its tradition and heritage with the nickname change that the franchise officially announced Monday was coming.Which invites the question: Can you be indignant and angry while simultaneously wearing a rubber hog’s nose strapped on your face?Oft times elements of tradition and heritage are lousy things to celebrate. Slavery, for example.Fans angry at the disappearance of Redskins show the same misplaced outrage you see from folks attaching great signifi... (more…)

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Roger Stone, coronavirus and the upcoming months that may destroy America as we know it

Published

on

From the Electoral College to structural racism, America is feeling painfully aware of its inherent flaws these days. None looms more ominously now than that awkward moment that is the presidential transition. In the momentous winter of 1860-61, the United States literally split in two during the haze between the failed presidency of Pennsylvania’s James Buchanan and the first-ever Republican administration of Abraham Lincoln that terrified the slave-addled South.Now consider this scenario: A seemingly unending crisis has ripped millions of jobs from the U.S. economy, with a growing homelessne... (more…)

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

There will be ‘no return to the old normal for foreseeable future’: International health expert

Published

on

"If the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go. It's going to get worse and worse and worse."

The head of the World Health Organization warned Monday that a "return to the 'old normal'" was not in "the foreseeable future" and urged global leaders to act cooperatively to control the coronavirus pandemic.

"Let me blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing.

Tedros's remarks came as the total number of total coronavirus cases continued ticking upward, nearing 13 million globally. More than 570,000 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded worldwide, over 134,000 of which were in the United States.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image