WISH has reported that a residence advisor was raped by a student in one of the residence halls at Indiana University located at 1601 E Law Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408.
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, a residence advisor went to do a wellness check on 20-year-old student Kalp Patel after hearing him scream in his room. She entered the room using her master key when no one answered the door. The victim said she found Patel slumped over his desk before he jumped up and grabbed her. He threw her to the ground and strangled her before the sexual assault.
The victim described Patel as being "out of it" during the assault. Police confirmed that he had taken THC gummy bears. Patel was arrested and is facing multiple charges, including rape, strangulation, confinement, sexual battery, battery resulting in bodily injury, resisting law enforcement, and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. As an experienced college sexual abuse lawyer, Jeff recently shared some information regarding the legal options available to victims of sexual assault on a college campus.
"Colleges have a responsibility to do everything within their power to protect their students and staff from abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual. Schools must implement certain security measures to reduce the risk of crime on the campus. Colleges can deter crimes by using surveillance cameras throughout the campus, having patrolling security officers, and implementing a sufficient reporting system. If a student or staff member falls victim to sexual abuse on campus, a proper investigation must confirm the college had sufficient security measures in place. If a college has not fulfilled their legal responsibility to provide preventative security, they could be deemed negligent."
"In certain cases, when sexual assault happens due to the negligence of the college or college officials. For instance, if officials knew but ignored misconduct allowing the perpetrator to continue the abuse, this could be considered a foreseeable crime. In instances of negligence, victims and their families may have reasons to pursue a case against the college. Victims should consult with an experienced college sexual abuse lawyer."