Five Women Suing Howard University after Sexual Assault, and harassment
WASHINGTON, D.C., (WUSA) -- A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of students who say Howard University did not effectively address claims of sexual assault and harassment against an employee.
The Edwards Legal Group and the Law Office of Steven Bullock filed a lawsuit this week. According to the lawsuit, George Bright-Abu, who supervised a work-study program at Howard University's The Founders Library, sexually assaulted two full-time students during the 2010-2011 academic year. The assaults included unwanted touching, flirting, fondling and degrading propositions of a sexual nature.
The suit says the first victim reported sexual advances in November 2010, but the university failed to take any action. The university also failed to take any action when a second victim reported her humiliating encounter, according to the lawsuit.
The law office says that Howard University neglected its responsibility to protect its students from sexual harassment and assault.
Bright-Abu is currently serving his sentence at the District of Columbia Correctional Center for sexually assaulting two of the students. His trial was held in July.
University spokesperson, Kerry-Ann Hamilton later released this statement:
"While the University is unable to provide details on matters in current litigation, we can say that we take the safety of our students very seriously and have a strict sexual harassment policy in place.
When the University administration became aware of the allegations, we worked closely with appropriate law enforcement authorities as well as conducted an internal investigation. The employee was quickly placed on administrative leave and later terminated from the University."