Thursday, February 13, 2014

WTF Northwestern update

The Northwestern University student alleging that philosophy professor Peter Ludlow sexually assaulted her is said to have filed a police report on the matter last year.
The Medill junior who filed a Title IX lawsuit against Northwestern also filed a police report describing the alleged sexual assault by philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow, her attorney said Wednesday.

The student’s attorney, Kevin O’Connor, sent out a statement late Wednesday night with more specific information about the lawsuit and the alleged assault. Early Thursday morning, O’Connor told The Daily there is not a simple answer to the question of whether or not the student tried to press criminal charges against Ludlow. He directed inquiries to the detective who assisted the student in filing the report.
Ludlow’s attorney, Kristin Case, told The Daily on Tuesday that to her knowledge no criminal charges had been filed against her client.
O’Connor said he believed the student filed the police report about a year after the alleged February 2012 incident.
The lawsuit says Ludlow denied the student’s allegations of sexual assault and threatened to sue her for defamation. The student reported the incident to Slavin, but no action was taken, according to the suit.
Political science Prof. Jacqueline Stevens was identified in the statement as a faculty advocate for the student. O’Connor said Stevens encouraged and accompanied the student to file the police report. [my bolding]
Police reports do not always lead to criminal charges, particularly when filed a year after the incident and when there is no evidence other than the statement of the complainant.

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