Update: Report: Local college mishandled sexual assault investigation

Updated: 07/14/2014 6:00 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 5:37 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

News10NBC is following up on one woman’s story about rape at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

She shared her story in Sunday’s New York Times. In it, there are claims that the school failed to do an in-depth investigation of her complaint. The colleges deny it.

According to the New York Times investigation, the colleges failed to thoroughly investigate and prosecute a sexual assault case. A young woman claims last September, after being on the campus for just two weeks, that she was raped by multiple members of the football team and in her opinion, the school didn’t do enough to protect her.

The article hit newsstands Sunday. In it, an 18-year old woman, only identified as “Anna", said that three football players raped her at a party at the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In the article, the woman reported she was separated from her friends after a night of drinking. Later "Anna" was found being assaulted, while six or seven other players watched and took pictures.

A health report was taken and a nurse determined that the incident involved "sexual intercourse with either multiple partners, multiple times or that the intercourse was very forceful."

These claims are shocking to some students, who say they are also disappointed by the negative shadow casted on the colleges.

Chris Poggi, Hobart student, said, “The article kind of shaded to a loose statement of football players, which wasn't the case. It was really just the system in general.”

The colleges investigated and cleared the players in just 12 days. However, the Ontario Country District Attorney did call it thorough.

News10NBC wanted to know what the colleges had to say about this article. We were given a statement saying in part, “The colleges disagree with the reporter's interpretation of the events and his portrayal of the colleges, its students and its processes. The colleges do not provide preferential treatment to athletes.  We hold all of our students, including athletes to the highest standards."

Poggi said, “There are a lot of different aspects that should be altered.”

Some students are so upset by the article that they have started an online petition to call for the colleges to make changes on how they handle sexual abuse cases.

To read The New York Time’s full article, click here.

To read the school’s full statement, click here.

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