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Rape Victim's Family Sues School Board for Cover-up of Rapes

Washington Post reports:

A teen accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at a Loudoun County high school in May is also accused in a second sexual assault less than five months later at another county high school, according to the Loudoun County commonwealth's attorney.

The alleged assaults, the first in May and the second in October, sparked anger from parents who showed up at a school board meeting Tuesday night and blasted school officials for their handling of the incidents and the student's enrollment in a new school after the first allegation.

Some parents who spoke at the meeting grew emotional, saying they feared for the safety of their children in Loudoun County Public Schools. Still others called for the resignations of Schools Superintendent Scott A. Ziegler and of the school board.

The parents of the victim of the first alleged assault issued a statement Thursday through the Stanley Law Group blaming school officials. They asserted that the charged youth is "gender-fluid" and that the incident occurred in a girls' bathroom. Those details have not been confirmed by authorities.


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The family of a Loudoun County, Virginia, high school student who was allegedly sexually assaulted in a school bathroom has retained a law firm to represent them in a case against the school district.

"Attorneys for the family of the Stone Bridge High School student who was sexually assaulted in the girls' restroom on May 28 by a boy claiming to be 'gender fluid' today announced they will pursue legal actions against Loudoun County under the provisions of Title IX," a press release Thursday, which was sent to Fox News from the Stanley Law Group in Virginia, states.

"The sexual assault our daughter endured should never happen to any young girl, or any child, attending a public school," Jess and Scott Smith are quoted as saying in the press release about their lawsuit and alleged assault against their daughter.

Their lawyer, Bill Stanley, added that the alleged assault against the Smiths' daughter is "abhorrent."

"What happened to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their daughter in Loudoun County is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable. It is a nightmare no family should have to endure, yet it has happened twice in Loudoun Schools in the same year by the same perpetrator. This is outrageous," he said in the press release.

The law firm will also represent Scott Smith against "wrongful and unconstitutional" charges filed against him in Circuit Court.


Mr. and Mrs. Smith, parents of the student, stated, "The sexual assault our daughter endured should never happen to any young girl, or any child, attending a public school. But because of indifference and negligence by Loudoun County Public Schools and the Loudoun School Board, it did. And now, it has happened to another girl at another Loudoun County school at the hands of the very same assailant.

"The sexual assault on our daughter and the subsequent sexual assault by the same individual were both predictable and preventable. Subsequent to the sexual assault on our daughter, Loudoun County Public Schools formalized the policy regarding restroom use that was easily exploitable by a potential sexual assailant. Because of poor planning and misguided policies, Loudoun Schools failed to institute even minimal safeguards to protect students from sexual assaults. And contrary to statements from the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's office, our family was never informed that the student who sexually assaulted our daughter was being returned to the schools. Had we been informed, we would have been outraged.

"The facts are that a male student claiming to be 'gender fluid' was permitted to enter the girls' bathroom on May 28 and sexually assault our daughter. Making matters worse, the school system repeatedly failed to protect her thereafter. Then, they concealed the sexual assault from the public while considering formalizing a bathroom access policy that would have - and now has - increased the likelihood of sexual assaults like these. As a result, our daughter and our family has suffered, and continue to suffer, from the very real consequences of a policy that endangers the safety of every student."

Regarding the charges against him related to events at the June 22 Loudoun County School Board meeting, Scott Smith, father of the sexually assaulted girl, commented, "As a concerned parent whose daughter's sexual assault was directly related to the policies being considered, I attended the June 22 school board meeting. I did not intend to speak and did not sign up to speak at the meeting, but was very concerned about what the school board was considering.

"When the school board abruptly ended the meeting, I was confronted and taunted by an activist who supports the school board's bathroom policy. The activist was aware of the sexual assault on my daughter and wrongfully assumed I was going to speak. Despite being subjected to this unprovoked confrontation, I was unreasonably restrained by law enforcement, completely violating my constitutional rights.