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Hobart and William Smith Colleges under fire for sexual assault case
Geneva, N.Y. - Allegations of sexual assault at Hobart and William Smith Colleges have come to light after a scathing report published in the New York Times.
The article reports that a freshman student named Anna was on campus for two weeks last September when she was assaulted.
According to the article, Anna attended a party with her friends at fraternity Kappa Sigma, but was separated from the group. That night, Anna texted a friend, saying she was scared of a student she had met. She then failed to answer her phone.
The friend started looking for her and found her at The Barn, a dance hall on the campus, bent over a pool table as a football player for the school appeared to be sexually assaulting her as half a dozen other students looked on laughing and recording the assault.
The student went to the hospital and a nurse said that blunt force trauma was apparent. The student reported the incident, but chose not to go to the police immediately. The Times obtained documents from the disciplinary hearing and claims that the football players involved in the alleged assault were cleared in 12 days.
The Times examined the case and says the college was not prepared to deal with such serious sexual assault allegations so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence.
You can read the full response from Hobart here.