The parents of an alleged rape victim who later committed suicide are now suing the University of Alabama over the issue.

The Lawsuit

The parents of a 20-year-old alleged rape victim who committed suicide, Megan Rondini, are now suing the University of Alabama over the issue. The “federal wrongful death” lawsuit is against the rapist, school officials as well as others whose actions or neglect over her rape case have led to her suicide in 2016.

The lawsuit explained the events of the assault, claiming that Rondini met the attacker in Tuscaloosa bar in 2015. She was then possibly drugged and sexually assaulted in his home later that night. The lawsuit explains that the police who investigated the incident were weirdly sympathetic towards the alleged attacker, and harsher towards the victim. It claims they focused more on what Rondini might have done wrongfully, such as having a handgun or taking a cab from his house.

The man reportedly was not charged at all. The lawsuit then explains that Rondini then suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. The lawsuit doesn’t demand any monetary compensation, but demands the sheriff’s office provides better training for police officers regarding sexual assault victims. It demands it provides “safe conditions to citizens around criminal investigators.”

The university refused to comment on the specifics of the case but issued a statement, saying that school officials are “deeply saddened” by the suicide. They also mentioned that they are working on raising awareness in the community regarding sexual assault.

The attacker’s lawyer commented on the case, saying: “The allegations against my client as set forth in this baseless lawsuit are simply false.”

Comments On the Case

“Megan ultimately was treated as a crime suspect and her status as a victim of a sex crime was completely disregarded,” the suit said.

Leroy Maxwell, the attorney representing the Rondini family, told a CBS affiliate last month that if the university had been more supportive and sympathetic towards Rondini, she might still be alive.

“There were steps — plain, obvious steps that could have been taken by so many folks and entities to prevent (the Rondinis’) daughter from ultimately taking her life, due to the trauma, the stress that this assault put on her, and the helplessness that she felt,” Maxwell said. “The family’s outraged. We’re all outraged. And we’re really — what’s important right now is that we really need to do something to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”


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