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Rape victim kicked off team: UConn student kicked off hockey team post-rape

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A rape victim was kicked off the hockey team at the University of Connecticut and has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school. On Dec. 23, eCanadaNow reported that the woman feels as though the school did not do enough in regard to dealing with the situation at hand.

"The lawsuit goes with the accusations that the school did not take proper steps in dealing with sexual assaults and even states the the victim in question was told to transfer schools by her coach due to the fact that she would not be 'stable enough' and would 'bring the team down,'" eCanadaNow reports.

The rape victim kicked off the team is obviously upset and she feels as though she should not be punished for something that she had no control over. According to the report, there are four other women who are involved in this federal lawsuit against UConn. These women don't believe the school did enough to support students who complained of sexual misconduct in the past.

According to the Huffington Post, Gloria Allred is the woman's attorney in the case which stems back to Aug. 2011. Allred stated that UConn did not ask the name of the male student who raped her client and it sounds like he may still be attending the school without any academic repercussions.

A rape victim shouldn't be kicked off a team because the coach "thinks" that (he or) she is fragile. Supporting someone in this position doesn't mean alienating them. Do you think UConn should have been more involved in the case? Do you think the women's hockey coach should be in trouble?

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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