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11 women sue Michigan university, fraternities, saying sexual assault claims were mishandled for years

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The Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti, Mich. on Wednesday, Jan.13, 2021.

DETROIT — Eleven women have sued the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents and two fraternities, saying they covered up and failed to adequately address sexual assaults by several male students, leaving the female students in harm’s way for assaults they endured.

The Title IX lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, also claims law enforcement is investigating more than 30 rapes at EMU from 2015 to 2020.

The legal action comes after four known former students were arrested in the last year and accused of assaults during their time at the university.

Five of the women now involved in the lawsuit spoke to the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, on the condition of anonymity after they testified against one man — Dustyn Durbin, 24, of Frenchtown Township — at a preliminary examination, but prior to filing the lawsuit.



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