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Lawsuit: UNM Shielded Athletes Accused Of Rape

Arianna Sena
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A former UNM student who said she was assaulted by two Lobo football players and a CNM student last year filed a lawsuit in District Court  against the university Thursday. The lawsuit alleges Title IX investigators at UNM protected the athletes by conducting a shoddy investigation. 

 "Gender discrimination is really at the heart of what we’re talking about here. Often there’s no way to pursue the safety and the justice that a victim might need," said her attorney, Brad Hall. "The lawsuit reflects campus sexual assault victims searching for other ways than the criminal justice system to address sexual violence."

Criminal charges against the men were dropped due to lack of evidence in August. They were allowed back on the team, and they announced they would sue UNM police for failing to do their job correctly.

Hall said his client can seek financial restitution under Title IX for being forced to move out of state and away from her full academic scholarship at UNM to another school where she pays tuition.

UNM released a statement saying the university has not yet had a chance to review the lawsuit. The Department of Justice announced it would investigate UNM’s sexual assault policies late last year.

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Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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