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Student Left with PTSD After Reporting her Rape to Cops Only to be Accused of Liking ‘Rough Sex’

Norfolk, VA — (RT) A student at Old Dominion University in Virginia filed a complaint to federal education officials, claiming campus police didn’t let her take a forensic medical exam after reporting she had been raped until after they interrogated her for almost eight hours.

In a personal statement included with the complaint, obtained by AP, the woman said the detectives’ comments and questions made her feel like she was “being violated again,” including: “Do you like rough sex?” and “I’m just trying to find the crime here.

The eight-hour experience has left her with post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, the woman, whose identity has not been revealed, said.

“After the entire day of being victimized by your police department, I was left feeling paranoid and scared as if I was the criminal,” she wrote, according to AP.

According to the complaint, the woman told campus police she was raped in her dorm room and had an appointment at a local medical center for a forensic exam the same day. However, instead of taking the woman to the appointment, the campus police brought her to their department. She was held there for nearly eight hours and denied food, water, and access to the bathroom between interrogations, her complaint to federal education officials about the October 2014 incident says.

The woman accused school officials of mishandling the case, noting that she was not informed about her right to seek a protective order against her alleged attacker (who was not an Old Dominion University student) after ODU Police declined to seek one on her behalf. This turned the woman’s life into a constant nightmare, forcing her to “live on campus for months in fear that her attacker could return and harm her at any moment,” the complaint said.

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The woman says she was not allowed to move out of the dorm room, where she was attacked, until after she received a diagnosis for a psychological condition. Her assault was not even added to the school’s daily crime log until after a reporter found out about it.

“This validated to me that Old Dominion University never took my sexual assault seriously and does not care for me as one of their students,” the woman complained.

 The complaint says the university violated federal law by failing to give the woman written information about the importance of preserving evidence of her rape for a forensic exam. On top of it, it says, the university failed to inform the woman that she actually had the legal right to decline to report the crime to police before getting an exam.

“Had Ms. Doe known about her right to decline to report to law enforcement prior to receiving a forensic examination and medical care, she would have been able to attend her appointment at a local medical center to receive care for her injuries and bleeding after her rape on campus,” the complaint said, AP reported.

The woman’s attorney, Laura Dunn, said the complaint was filed earlier this week with the US Department of Education, which could fine the school up to $35,000 per violation.

She said that although a criminal investigation was launched after the assault, the alleged attacker was never charged.

Giovanna Genard, a spokeswoman for Old Dominion, a public university in Norfolk, Virginia with around 25,000 students, said the school has “zero tolerance” for sexual assault.

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“The University is committed to following all legal requirements for investigating complaints of sexual assault and to treating victims with care, professionalism and respect,” Genard said on Thursday.

  • Greyvet

    Why is it

    “The University is committed to
    following all legal requirements for investigating complaints of sexual
    assault and to treating victims with care, professionalism and respect”
    seems to be a standard response by organizations that aren’t.

    • Razedbywolvs

      Well it was anther grate achievement in feminist legislation called Title IX.
      If the collage doesn’t follow the guidelines written in title IX they loose their Federal funding.
      The result is outlined in this handy PSA were “rape” is advertised as not remembering how much of a drunk whore you were. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=668ikoN46sw

      • Greyvet

        Razedbywolves: It is obvious you do not understand the definition of consent. Title IX or not, drunk or not it is rape and that is a definition you had better learn or we will be reading about you in the papers.

      • Mummified_hotdog

        Wow. I feel sorry for you and your family. Please never procreate.

  • David Hall

    Cops do not have time to prosecute true and legtimate crimes. The thugs in blue are always too busy with petty revenue collecting to fund their cop shops. Having campus cops on university property is like having the fox guard the henhouse!

    • Amor Terra

      Having cops anywhere is like having the fox guard the henhouse.

  • Richard.

    To all the victims of rape/ family matters try talking to a female cop…They have more understanding concerning your felling of what you went /going threw..

    • Amor Terra

      In case you’ve missed it, usually when you call the cops, THEY decide who you’ll talk to, and if you don’t like it and protest, they either kick you out or arrest you.

      • Richard.

        You seem to have a mouth with a answer but no mouth to ask to speak to some higher up or an other female..No I’m not a cop but learn from helping a few victims and passing it along..She can all ways lawyer up right after and may be from some one who candle rape case’s for free .Try asking law school’s ..There is groups that will help her threw her whole thing .Right threw the end..and after…I know victim who’s guys dna was on her breast and now doing 30-40 years and 6 others females that rape other females now doing life..So I know how it done with over a bakers dozen behind bars from victims of rapes..

        • Amor Terra

          I’ve been in that situation, dear Richard, and you don’t always get kindly Officer Friendly, who feels bad for a victim. Just as often you get a dick who’s probably an abuser himself who thinks the whole thing is funny, or that you’re lying against one of his brothers. In any event, you might be able to ask for a female detective, but if he doesn’t feel like giving you one, or if the request implies to him that you are questioning his authority or tactics, you ain’t gonna get one. Period.

          • Richard.

            If local don’t help go too the state’ies…Or just lawyer up and sue for every thing even for court cost dna cost all ..I sure he chase ever dime he can get..He needs it too the way every thing is going up and up…I found out many cops are pricks concerning rape..It don’t rate .they rather give out tickets then have to deal with some who been raped..But let them know it there job and don’t abuse the color of office concerning this matter .if they blow you off. Go call a lawyer and let him come to the station with you and let them know you mean bizz and he is a court member that will bring/have meaning to your case. .So to all you woman Go out and talk to one and inform him or her if your raped .Will he or she be there for you if this happens to you ..Before it dose.Get there cards and put it some were .Do you research and you find many woman group’s that will give you the info you need and you can call at all hours concerning this matter..best be pre-paired See if you city or town has a sexual unit .It there job to handle sex crimes and not the others that will blow you off or take it lite ly…. ..

    • Razedbywolvs

      Because feelings are how we should determine if a crime has taken place.
      BTY your advise is acutely backward, female officers are less likely to believe the ACCUSER not “victim” and less likely to show empty. Female cops have a higher prevalence of committing rape. 95% of abused boys in juvenile facilities reported being attacked/coerced by female staff. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/svjfry12.pdf