Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tite IX claim survives in sexual assault case

In Allentown, Pennsylvania a judge has a ruled that a Title IX claim against the school district can go forward. Judge Paul Diamond dismissed civil rights claims brought by five alleged victims of sexual assault by an older student at Central Elementary School, but has ruled that the Title IX claims of four of the victims--all boys--can proceed, calling the school's response to the alleged sexual assaults "wholly inadequate." This lawsuit began in 2006 with one boy coming forward to say he had been assaulted. Last year, four others joined the lawsuit. Lawyers for the boys say the school did not take enough measures to ensure the assaults stopped even after being made aware both of the initial assaults and the alleged perpetrator's own history with sexual assault and misconduct.