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Texas student reports rape and gets suspended for ‘public lewdness’

Posted by on Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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By David Edwards
Monday, December 23, 2013 11:01 EST
Rachel Bradshaw-Bean (NBC News/screen grab)

A former Texas high school student has come forward with accusations that school officials suspended her for “public lewdness” after she reported that she had been raped in a band room.

In her first extensive interview, Rachel Bradshaw-Bean told NBC News that a boy had asked her to go into the band room at Henderson High School in East Texas on Dec. 6, 2010 while they were waiting for a Key Club meeting to begin after school. That’s when things turned violent and the boy raped her.

After crying and cleaning herself up in the bathroom, she went to an assistant band director to report the crime.

“He told me to work it out with the boy,” she recalled. “There’s no way I would do that. But I didn’t know what to think. I was 17.”

The next day, the news reached an assistant vice principal after Bradshaw-Bean and a friend told another assistant band director. The school sent Bradshaw-Bean to a health clinic, which found lacerations to the hymen and bleeding “consistent with information given per victim,” according to a medical report obtained by NBC News.

A day after forensic specialist Michael Jimerson interviewed Bradshaw-Bean, police called her parents to say that no criminal charges would be filed against the boy.

“They said the sex was consensual. I was so shocked,” Bradshaw-Bean’s mother pointed out to NBC News. “I thought, they are pushing this under the rug. She’s being treated this way because she’s a female. I looked at my husband and said, ‘Do they know women have the right to vote?’”

Jimerson, however, insisted that the case had a lack of evidence.

“We broke it down with her version of events and his,” he said. “Her claims could not be substantiated. At the end of the day, I just know that objectively, there was almost no chance of a conviction. As a prosecutor, I have to be vigilant about the cases I pursue.”

Jimerson added that Bradshaw-Bean had used language that “implied consensual sex instead of forcible rape,” although he could not produce an exact transcript of the remarks.

“I was reporting a rape,” Bradshaw-Bean argued. “It sounds like my words are getting twisted. If you have to twist someone’s words to make your case, then something’s not right.”

In the end, both Bradshaw-Bean and her suspected rapist were punished for “public lewdness” by being sent to a disciplinary school for 45 days. The school also declined to fulfill its legal obligation to launch its own internal investigation.

After the American Civil Liberties Union got involved, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ruled in June 2012 that Henderson High School had violated Bradshaw-Bean’s rights by not opening an investigation and by retaliating against her for reporting the rape. The school was required to clear her record and was given a 13-point plan to comply with Title IX.

Bradshaw-Bean said the school was forced to pay for a counselor that “really helped” her cope.

“Finally, I thought, there are some smart people in the world—rational people with levelheaded thoughts,” she said. “It restored my faith in humanity.”

Bradshaw-Bean now plans to study criminal justice and criminal psychology with the hopes of helping others who face injustice.

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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This fucking state...
Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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Quoting LauraKW: This fucking state...

:(

Kidcrock
by Member on Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

You actually believe this?

jllcali
by Jane on Dec. 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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Quoting LauraKW: This fucking state...
LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Dec. 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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What info do you have to contradict it?

Quoting Kidcrock:

You actually believe this?

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:06 AM
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We have a runner.

Quoting Kidcrock:

You actually believe this?

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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Stories like this (whether true or not, and I find this story easy to believe) are one of the reasons rape is widely underreported.  Ugh, ugh, ugh.  

billsfan1104
by Jules on Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM
What does this have to do with the state of Texas???
Woodbabe
by Woodie on Dec. 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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Sure hope she doesn't get pregnant...The State will make sure she has to carry it to term and brand WHORE on her forehead too.

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Dec. 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM
It happened in Texas.

Quoting billsfan1104: What does this have to do with the state of Texas???
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