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No Orgasm, No Rape, USC Police Allegedly Told Victim

Federal officials are investigating the University of Southern California over the school’s alleged failure to prosecute campus rapists.

The Huffington Post reports the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights launched an inquiry on June 26 in response to a Title IX complaint filed by 13 USC students the previous month alleging that rape and sexual assault cases were being mishandled by university officials.

Reed, the lead complainant, accuses USC of dismissing her accusation that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend, who she claims confessed to the crime in an audio recording. USC’s student affairs office sent Reed a letter in which it stated that “they agreed they had sexual intercourse together.”

“This office acknowledges that their perspectives on the sexual intercourse differ,” the letter states.

Another student in the complaint, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Huffington Post that a Department of Public Safety (DPS) detective informed her that USC campus police determined that she was not raped because her attacker did not have an orgasm. Her case was not referred to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Because he stopped, it was not rape,” the young woman claims she was told. “Even though his penis penetrated your vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime.”

Reed says a USC official told her the university’s goal was to achieve an “educative” process instead of punishing her alleged rapist.

“Rape is not an educative experience,” Reed told the Huffington Post. “It is a crushing, life-altering, inhuman violence.”

“The problems are rampant in every department, pretty much every service on campus” she added. “There is an overwhelming disregard for women and students going through this obvious trauma, and they traumatized them further.”

“Students who go to receive counseling are promised services they never receive,” Reed told KNBC. “They’re not informed of their rights, they’re not treated with the same respect, and they’re not provided with the same material as the students accused of raping them.”

Another student in the complaint claims that when she went to report a sexual assault that occurred at a fraternity event, DPS officials told her and a friend, a sexual assault victim who accompanied her for support, that women shouldn’t “go out, get drunk, and expect not to get raped.”

Ariella Mostov, another USC student and sexual assault victim who helped co-found SCAR, the Student Coalition Against Rape, with Reed, told KNBC that campus police refused to investigate her rape claim as well. Shockingly, Mostov says university officials denied her permission to transfer out of a class in which her alleged assailant was also a student.

The complaint also alleges that some students found guilty of sexual assault were given light sentences and were still allowed to graduate from USC.

The Office of Civil Rights is probing separate complaints from students at Occidental CollegeSwarthmore College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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