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Culver City HS Student Says Football Players Repeatedly Raped Her On Campus
The family of a 15-year-old girl has filed a suit accusing members of Culver City High School's football team of sexual assault and accusing the district of negligence. The civil complaint was filed against the school district on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the girl's legal guardian, according to City News Service. It states that the girl—identified only as A.S.—was 14 years old when she was sexually assaulted on campus several times between Dec. 4 and 23, 2013.
The complaint says the girl's ordeal began when Jeremy Weaver and another unidentified student allegedly asked A.S. if she wanted to listen to music with them in the school's parking lot, KTLA reports. When she arrived, she says the players raped her and forced her to engage in other sex acts with the help of a third, also unidentified player.
"As starting players, assailants were in peak physical condition, extremely strong and physically intimidating," the complaint states.
The suit accuses the three men of repeatedly attacking her over the next several days, always on campus and while school was in session. At one point, one of the students took a video of the assault and spread it around school, telling other students that A.S. was promiscuous. The complaint states that prior to the assault, A.S. had been a virgin.
A.S. said she was threatened by the players not to report what had happened. They also confronted her again after she went to school officials and tried to intimidate her into changing her story. A.S. believes the officials told the players when she reported them, leading to the players going out of their way to intimidate and harass her into keeping quiet. The district has not responded to LAist's (or anyone else's) request for a comment.
The complaint names another 100 unnamed people accusing of harassing and bullying A.S. after the assault, NY Daily News reports. A.S. said she has suffered emotionally, including from PTSD, and has attempted suicide since the assaults. She has switched high schools twice, ultimately moving to Chicago.
As for the alleged assailants, Weaver was 18 at the time of the attack, and therefore the only player who has been identified by name. According to court records, an 18-year-old Jeremy Weaver was arrested in Culver City on January 15, 2014. This same Weaver was also convicted in June of one felony count of a lewd act upon a child by use of force, threat or duress. Three other counts were later dismissed.
Judith Yedidsion of Yedidsion Seber Yedidsion LLP, the law firm handling the complaint, said the district is responsible when it comes to security of the campus and supervision of the students.
"Schools are responsible for students when they're on campus the same way a parent would be," Yedidsion told LAist. She suggested a security guard doing rounds of the campus and parking lots or the presence of security cameras as two means that could have prevented the alleged assault. "[These methods] would allow student perpetrators to know that they're going to get caught versus never seeing any form of enforcement."