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Student sues Columbia, alleging ‘indifference’ to 2 rapes

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 16:19:48-04

NEW YORK — A woman who wrote about her experience as a sexual assault survivor while she was still in high school has filed a lawsuit against Columbia University
charging that she was raped twice in her dorm room as a freshman.

Amelia Roskin-Frazee charged in a federal complaint Tuesday that Columbia showed “deliberate indifference” to the two assaults in October and December of 2015.

Roskin-Frazee appeared at a Manhattan news conference and said Columbia had “disregarded me and my safety.” She is seeking unspecified damages.

Roskin-Frazee has written about being a lesbian and a rape survivor. She said the attacker whispered, “Still a dyke?” during the second assault.

A Columbia spokesman said the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

The Associated Press doesn’t normally identify sexual assault victims unless they come forward publicly, as Roskin-Frazee has done.