Rape Victim Says She Was 6th To Report Utah State Student, Sues School For Not Acting

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(Photo: Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune) Victoria Hewlett was raped multiple times in July 2015 by Utah State University student Jason Relopez. Relopez pleaded guilty and is now in jail. Hewlett is suing because USU knew about other accusations leveled against Relopez a year before he raped her.

Almost a year before Victoria Hewlett was raped by fellow Utah State University student Jason Relopez, school officials were discussing an earlier sexual assault allegation made against him, according to court documents.

A lawsuit filed Monday claims five other women reported to school officials that they were sexually assaulted by Relopez, then a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, before Hewlett went to police.

But Relopez remained on campus until his arrest after Hewlett’s rape in July 2015. The school then suspended him.

When Hewlett learned that USU knew at the time of her attack that Relopez was a potential danger, she felt betrayed, she told The Salt Lake Tribune. The lack of response, she said, showed that her “well-being as a student on campus” wasn’t important.

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