Student says Northeastern mishandled sex assault complaint

The victim is 21-years-old

Judges Gavel

BOSTON (AP) — A Northeastern University student who says she was raped on campus after a 2013 Halloween party alleges in a lawsuit that the school mishandled her case.

Morgan Helfman alleges negligence, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other violations in the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts.

The suit names the university and five administrators as defendants and seeks unspecified punitive damages.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but the 21-year-old Helfman spoke publicly about her case during a news conference Thursday at her attorney’s office.

Helfman says the university determined the male student didn’t violate school policy. He was not criminally charged.

Northeastern says in a statement that it hasn’t seen the suit and cannot comment.

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