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Former CSS Student: 'Fight Back for Yourself'

August 22, 2017 10:31 PM

Emilee Franklin says she's not 100% better yet, but therapy and time is helping. So is the fight to keep other students safe.

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She filed two complaints against the College of St. Scholastica last year, over what she says was mishandling of her sexual assault.

Franklin reported being raped while studying abroad in Ireland in 2015, and then said her school did not help her when she needed it.

One of the complaints, which has to do with the Clery Act, has gone through the assessment process. According to a letter from the Clery Act Compliance Division, officials detected certain 'areas of concern that will require refinements to the College's campus safety operations and Clery Act compliance program.'

Although those required refinements aren't being made public at this time, it's good news for Franklin and her attorneys.

Franklin said, "I'm pretty excited about it. My whole point of this is to help current and future students at St. Scholastica and potentially other campuses. So no one has to go through what I have."

Her attorney, Carly Mee, said that the Clery Act complaint is about safety policies and procedures. They alleges there was, among other things, failure to give notification about services and failure to provide written notification options for accommodations. Franklin herself explained that one.

"The school was supposed to give me another option, for me to live or sleep, after the assault happened. And I had to stay in the same bed, that I was raped in," she said.

Franklin also added that she was not informed about how to get a rape kit done, until she was at home again.

"Had I been able to get I done right away, there might have been some evidence of trauma, or actual evidence that could have changed my court case in Ireland. Potentially," she said. Now, her attorney Mee said, "She'll never know, and always be wondering."

Mee acknowledged this is a unique case. "We hope this provides more information to schools about the fact that they still have a responsibility to protect students, even in a study abroad context."

Still, Franklin is moving on, working with a local photographer and doing many weddings this summer. 

'I just want people to know its' OK to stand up and fight back for yourself and others," she added.

St. Scholastica said in a statement on Tuesday: "We have not been notified that any determination has been made on this matter."

Another investigation is on-going. It has to do with the Title IX complaint that Franklin filed as well.


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