An Emerson student who says she was raped by a fellow student in 2012 is suing the college under federal equal-education and crime-reporting laws.
In her suit, filed this week in US District Court, Jillian Doherty alleges she "endured months of pain and suffering following the attack, and that suffering continues today" as a result of both a 2012 attack and by what she says is the college's mishandling of its investigation into her charges.
Emerson College violated Title IX due to Emerson College administrators’ inadequate procedure for handling sexual assault cases. Emerson’s pattern and practices included lengthy adjudications, victim blaming, insufficient investigations, and failures to deliver meaningful sanctions. Emerson College did not even follow their own protocols, and failed to properly educate and train their administrators. This, in turn, discouraged students from coming forward when they experienced sexual assault at the hands of their fellow students.
Doherty says the mishandling is particularly egregious because the college already knew it had a sexual-assault problem based on other cases, including that of Susan Tedesco, with whom Doherty filed a complaint with the Department of Education last year.
Doherty is seeking damages and penalties.