University of Southern California under investigation for failure to prosecute rape

Shocking allegations - may include graphic content

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - According to the Huffington Post , the University of Southern California is facing a federal investigation for alleged failures by school officials and campus police to prosecute rape.

More than a dozen students were informed this weekend that their complaints of failures by USC administrators and the Department of Public Safety to respond to sexual violence allegations on campus had finally resulted in a federal investigation.

USC student Taylor Reed, the lead complainant in the case, said USC dismissed her initial complaints of being raped even though she had an audio recording of her attacker admitting to the act. According to the Huffington Post, Reed said a USC official told her the goal was to offer an "educative" process and it wasn't the goal of the university to "punish" the assailant.

Another student says she was told that campus police didn't consider what happened to her to be rape, because her alleged assailant didn't orgasm. 

A third student says that when she attempted to report a sexual assault that happened at a fraternity event, she was told that women couldn't "go out, get drunk and expect not to be raped."

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating the case as a possible violation of Title IX, a federal gender equality law. 

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