USC Student Told Rape Didn't Count Because Perpetrator Didn't Orgasm

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Both administrative and campus security officials at the University of Southern California are under investigation by federal authorities following over a dozen complaints by students who say their rape reports were not taken seriously.

In the most shocking of the cases, a female student was told that she wasn't actually raped because the man who had sex with her against her will did not achieve orgasm. Another was told by the Department of Public Safety that she and other women have no right to "go out, get drunk and expect not to get raped."

USC student Tucker Reed, who was sexually assaulted on campus in 2010, led student victims in filing a Title IX complaint against the school this May. Reed's rape was denied recognition despite the fact that she had an audio recording of her ex-boyfriend confessing to the act. She was told that the school would preferred to take an "educative" approach rather than "punish" her assailant.

Similar claims were also filed in May against Dartmouth, Swarthmore, and University of California, Berkeley. U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) initiated their USC investigation on June 26, but victims at USC were only informed of the proceedings this weekend.

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