A jury on Wednesday rejected a lady’s lawsuit searching for tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from Virginia’s largest college system over allegations that she was raped a number of occasions as a center schooler.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday rejected a lady’s lawsuit searching for tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from Virginia’s largest college system over allegations that she was raped a number of occasions as a center schooler.

The girl, who was recognized in courtroom papers solely by her initials, sued Fairfax County Public Schools below Title IX, a legislation that ensures women and girls equal academic entry. The lawsuit alleged college officers at Rachel Carson Middle School in Reston ignored her complaints that she endured sexual harassment and sexual assaults inside and out of doors of the college again in 2011 and 2012, when she was a seventh-grader.

Lawyers for the college system, although, argued that her claims have been fabricated.

“She has tried to deceive you about what actually occurred,” Sona Rewari, a lawyer for the college board, advised jurors throughout closing arguments Tuesday.

The college system’s attorneys launched proof on the monthlong trial of social media posts and textual content messages again from 2011 that appear to counsel B.R. and her alleged rapist — a 13-year-old eighth grader — have been really a boyfriend and girlfriend who willingly engaged in intercourse acts. In among the messages, the plaintiff used “eye-wateringly graphic” language to specific her curiosity in sexual encounters, Rewari advised the jury throughout closings.

In dozens of the the texts, B.R. flatly tells the boy “I like you” at a time when she now says she was being repeatedly raped by the boy after college at a bus cease.

On the witness stand, the plaintiff denied sending many of the messages. She additionally stated that her attacker compelled her to ship some messages in order that nobody would consider her if she ever claimed to have been raped.

B.R., in keeping with the college system, solely claimed the intercourse was in opposition to her will after the boy broke up along with her and after her mom found a salacious voicemail message on the lady’s cellphone and alerted college officers.

After the decision was learn, lecturers and counselors on the college who had additionally been named as defendants within the case exchanged hugs amid tears.

The now-24-year-old plaintiff, in the meantime, left courtroom visibly indignant, adopted by a small group of household and supporters.

The plaintiff’s allegations of precisely what occurred to her developed within the years since she first filed her lawsuit in 2019. At one level she amended the grievance to incorporate allegations that she had been gang-raped a number of occasions in a utility closet on the college, presumably as some a part of a sexual trafficking ring.

At trial, she by no means introduced these allegations to the jury when her lawyer acknowledged that there was no good proof that she had ever alerted college officers to the alleged rapes.

Lawyers for the college system stated there was no proof in any respect to help the notion that rapes had ever occurred.

After the decision, the college system issued an announcement saying, “The jury’s verdict as we speak affirms that the FCPS Board and 9 present and former educators acted in a caring, respectful, {and professional} method to help the plaintiff when she was a scholar 12 years in the past. We are grateful to the jury for his or her cautious analysis of the proof and their service on this essential case.”

Andrew Brenner, one of many plaintiff’s attorneys, declined remark after the decision on whether or not an attraction was deliberate. In a written assertion, one other of her attorneys, Alison Anderson, stated, “While we’re disenchanted within the ensuing verdict, B.R. confirmed large braveness and fortitude in preventing for justice for greater than a decade.

The guidelines governing Title IX’s implementation and the rights of scholars to deliver Title IX lawsuits have been an extended topic of nationwide debate. Last week the Biden administration made revisions undoing some modifications that been applied by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. The new guidelines put ahead by Biden have drawn reward from victims’ advocates, whereas Republicans stated it erodes the rights of accused college students.

While the trial dragged on for greater than a month, the eight-person civil jury at U.S. District Court in Alexandria wanted just a few hours of deliberation Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning earlier than reaching a unanimous verdict rejecting all of her claims in opposition to all defendants.

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