Friday, October 10, 2014

Settlement in Seattle sexual assault case

The case of a high school student who was raped during a school field trip has settled out of court. The Seattle Public Schools initially tried to downplay and dismiss the student's story that she was assaulted by a student-athlete on an overnight field trip when she was 15--despite the medical evidence that indicated sexual trauma. The student and her family continued to fight the school system, even when they moved out of state; and the story began to earn nationwide attention even as the school finally began a more substantive investigation. I wrote about the details of the case, the parents' advocacy, and the school's response at the end of the summer so I will not rehash them here.

The school district has agreed to a $700,000 settlement (which still needs to be approved by the school board) even though their investigation has not yet concluded.