What rights does a student have if they were raped by their professor when studying abroad?

Asked about 1 year ago - New York, NY

Both are US citizens and go to the same private University in the United States, but the incident occurred internationally. The victim was drugged and immediately went to the police after regaining the ability to use motor control. Samples were taken and the University was notified (abroad and in the States). What are the proper precautions and steps that should be taken?

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  1. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Contact personal injury as soon as possible.

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  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . There can be a criminal prosecution where it occurred. You can sue in the US.

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  3. Richard C. Southard

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    Answered . You would need to follow up with the police officials where you reported it regarding criminal prosecution. You can speak to civil attorneys regarding a lawsuit but try to get copies of police and medical records before meeting with attorneys so they can better evaluate your potential claim.

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  4. Ian Thomas Valkenet

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    Answered . Since the event occurred abroad, any U.S. court will lack criminal jurisdiction-- the criminal prosecution must be handled by the local (foreign) authorities. However, civil claims may be brought by you against your assailant in the U.S. depending on the application of state or federal "long arm" statutes. You may also have claims against the University for their negligent hiring, retention, or entrustment of the assailant. Consult with a local attorney immediately.

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