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Student Sues Wesleyan Over 'Rape Factory' Frat House
HARTFORD (CN) - A Wesleyan University student was sexually assaulted at a Beta Theta Pi Fraternity house known as the "Rape Factory," the former student claims in court.
Wesleyan, of Middletown, Conn., has about 2,900 undergraduates and 200 graduate students.
"Beta House has a long-documented history of dangerous misconduct, student injuries and numerous sexual assaults of women, resulting in Beta and Mu Epsilon losing recognition from Wesleyan as a student organization and gaining the reputation in the Wesleyan community as the 'Rape Factory'," the complaint states.
"On March 5, 2010, Wesleyan officials sent a warning to all Wesleyan students, instructing them to stay away from Beta House because it was dangerous and Wesleyan could not ensure students' safety on the premises. This followed numerous incidents of student injury and hospitalizations."
Doe, who began classes at Wesleyan in the fall of 2010, claims that neither the college nor the fraternity provided her or her parents "with any warning, other safety information, or precautions regarding Beta House and events at this location. Jane Doe was entirely unaware of the risks to women attending student events at the 'Rape Factory.' She attended the Halloween party and was raped; another female student also reported being raped at the Beta House that weekend."
Doe has already sued a man named John O'Neill, whom she says raped her. O'Neill was visiting a fraternity member friend but was not a Wesleyan student himself at the time of Doe's attack. He plead guilty to lesser charges by Doe of third-degree assault and first-degree unlawful restraint — not rape — for which he is currently serving out his jail sentence.
Current Wesleyan students didn't think the term was ever commonly used on campus. "I've never heard the term 'rape factory' used on campus prior to this case, and a number of other students have expressed surprise in the comments section that the media seems to have latched onto this term," said Zach Schonfeld, a Wesleyan senior and managing editor of the Wesleying blog wrote in an email. "It's definitely not commonly used." The other Wesleyan student agreed: "I've never heard the term 'rape factory' used here. There's no serious identification of those guys as rapists," he said.
Doe says the resident assistant at her dorm, a Wesleyan employee, was notified about her rape on Oct. 31, 2011, but the RA "did not notify the police, campus safety, or the administration."
Because the student health services office was closed on Sunday, Oct. 31, Doe says, she did not receive medical attention until Monday. "When she was finally able to seek treatment and report the rape, Wesleyan advised that she could go to the hospital but offered neither transportation nor accompaniment," the complaint states. "Wesleyan did not offer any services or other academic help to Jane Doe, not advising or even allowing her to lessen her course load or withdraw from classes without penalty."
The complaint continues: "After these rapes, Wesleyan again warned the campus community about the risks of attending events at Beta house, and prohibited students from living at Beta House or using it for social and academic events. This spurred campus-wide 'Free Beta' protests and rallies organized by members of Beta, including Beta House residents. Through no fault of her own, Jane Doe's identity had become known to certain Beta and Mu Epsilon members.