After Rachel Bradshaw-Bean claimed she had been raped in the band room of her high school in Texas, school officials jumped into action — and kicked her out of school.
“I felt like a criminal,” she said, describing the December 2010 incident in her first extended interview on. Bean was accused of “public lewdness,” and was sent to a special school for students with discipline problems. Joining her was the boy she claimed had assaulted her. “I saw him there all the time,” she said.
The police informed Rachel that the sex that was reported was considered consensual and that no charges would be filed, despite a medical report obtained by NBC “showed lacerations to the hymen and bleeding ‘consistent with information given per victim’.”
Bean was blamed and thrown out of school and told to “work it out” with her attacker. Unbelievably, they were sent to a disciplinary school for 45 days together. She said she was treated like a criminal and her mother couldn’t transfer her to another school because she was being disciplined.
Michael Jimerson, the Rusk County district attorney, says that no evidence of rape was provided considering the security camera only showed the two students going into the band room where the alleged rape took place, and thus he couldn’t prosecute because he wouldn’t win. Because you know….crimes are only accountable if caught on video and stuff.
Bradshaw-Bean fought back using Title IX, a federal law which requires schools to begin their own internal investigation when a student reports a rape, in addition to the police. Thanks to the ACLU filing a complaint on Bean’s behalf and she won.
“The Federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has found that officials at an East Texas high school were wrong to punish a student who reported she was raped by another student on campus by placing her in a disciplinary program with her attacker.”
Sexual assault in schools is a massive problem and isn’t being handled properly. From Steubenville, Ohio to Maryville, Mo., victims such as Rachel Bradshaw-Bean feel like they’re being punished for reporting rape. It is sad to see such victim blaming in these cases. Rachel Bradshaw-Bean says her school didn’t take enough action when she was raped in 2010. Hopefully, by sharing her story, we can help save other victims from what she went through.
Watch the report, courtesy of NBC: