New Jersey sex assault victim wants college held liable

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for a female New Jersey college student who was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party and then driven across campus and assaulted again is asking a U.S. appeals court to hold the college liable.

Lawyer Patrick Whalen argued Tuesday that Ramapo College of New Jersey created a dangerous environment by failing to monitor fraternities and underage drinking.

Whalen says two charged in the 2014 attack pleaded guilty to sex assault charges and were sentenced to about five years in prison. Three others entered pretrial diversion programs.

The victim is now suing the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, college officials and the individuals involved.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says the state-affiliated school should be immune from damages.


This story has been corrected to show that Whalen made his argument Tuesday.

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