Crime

Lawsuit: Fraternity Members Gang-Raped Woman

| by Jordan Smith

A former female student at Ramapo College in New Jersey has alleged five members of a fraternity gang raped her at a party in November 2014.

The anonymous woman, identified only as Jane Doe, stated in the federal suit that the five defendants played a game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to determine who would assault her first, NJ.com reported.

The alleged incident occurred at a party with a date night theme held by members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Nov. 14, 2014.

“They were calling down [from the balcony] to recruit guests,” the suit states, NJ.com reported.

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It goes on to allege that a number of underage teens were being given alcohol, including many females.

The 19-year-old woman got drunk and passed out. The suit then alleges she was laid out on the bed before the frat members took turns physically and sexually assaulting her.

“Incredibly, rather than helping, [the defendants] watched and celebrated the assaults,” the suit says.

“Indeed, [they] … found the entire incident extremely humorous and entertaining as it has been reported that they’re falling-down laughing, hysterically, while also videotaping the sexual assault upon Plaintiff on one of their cell phones,” the suit says, reports the New York Post.

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The woman was then taken to another residence on campus, without some of her clothing, where she alleges she was raped again.

The suit named the college, fraternity and students involved as defendants.

“Ramapo College has not received notice of this law suit. As with any litigation, the College cannot comment,” college spokeswoman Cathy Davey wrote in an email, NJ.com reported.

The national leadership of Pi Kappa Alpha responded by saying that the Ramapo chapter was dissolved soon after the alleged rape because it failed to meet the organization’s standards.

“The [national leadership of the fraternity] did not sanction nor enable the alleged crime, or any crime, as is alleged in this case,” W. B. Brent Phillips, the organization’s chief marketing officer, told the New York Post.

The woman is asking for an unspecified amount of compensation for the psychological and emotional impact of the incident. She was no longer able to continue her studies at Ramapo or any other college.

Five people were charged earlier this year in connection with the incident: Justin Summers, Christian Lopez, Nakeem Gardner, Christopher Rainone and Jordyn Massood. The criminal case against the five is expected to proceed before the civil suit.

Sources: NJ.com, New York Post / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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