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UConn rapes, sexual assaults went without investigation, punishment, suit says

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(WJLA) - More than a half dozen female University of Connecticut students have come forward with allegations that they were sexually assaulted on campus and police did nothing to investigate or protect them.

Former UConn student Kylie Angell says a police officer dismissed her claims of sexual assault. Photo: Associated Press

The Hartford Courant says that seven current and former students have filed a federal lawsuit against the Storrs, Conn. school claiming that campus authorities took little to no action to protect them after their claims of assault.

In one case, according to the Huffington Post, a police officer even alluded to the idea that one of the victims was at fault for the purported attack against her.

Kylie Angell, a UConn alum and a party the suit, said Monday that she was raped in a campus dorm during her time as a student. She says, according to the Courant, that despite him being found guilty of sexual misconduct by the school and recommended for expulsion, he remained on campus and was heckled by him and his friends.

What more, according to a complaint obtained by the Huffington Post, Angell claims that a campus police officer told her that "women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter."

UConn officials told the Courant that they take all allegations of sexual assault seriously.

READ MORE at courant.com and huffingtonpost.com.

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