Ex-student accuses lax University of Alabama security of rape
MOBILE, Alabama — Lax security that included broken door locks at a private Catholic college in Alabama allowed a male student to enter a female student’s dorm and sexually assault her, according to a federal complaint filed by the woman.
The woman, a former Spring Hill College student, sued school and campus officials for an undetermined amount over the alleged March 2021 attack, in which the man is awaiting trial on rape and other charges , the media reported.
The Associated Press does not use the complainant’s name because it generally does not identify people who say they were sexually assaulted.
His lawsuit, filed in Mobile, where Spring Hills is located, describes a campus security environment that includes college cops drinking with underage students, campus lights that don’t work and door locks that don’t work. .
The woman returned to her dorm with help after getting drunk at a bar and falling asleep, according to the lawsuit. A student entered the building through a faulty door, then entered the woman’s room and assaulted her, according to the lawsuit.
Dozens of similar incidents allegedly occurred years before the woman was assaulted, according to the lawsuit.
Without commenting on the lawsuit’s specific allegations, the college said in a statement that it has “a number of initiatives to prevent and address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and harassment,” reported WKRG-TV.
“Spring Hill College is committed to providing students with a safe environment conducive to personal growth and learning,” he said.
Former Spring Hill student Vassil Kokali was arrested for rape, sodomy and burglary in March 2021 and is expected to stand trial in June. The defense argues that he had consensual sex with the woman.