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Student Denied a Rape Kit at Several Hospitals?

October 17, 2007

According to a DC-area student newspaper,

A Howard student is suing the University for negligence and medical malpractice because she said she was raped and denied proper care at GW Hospital because she allegedly appeared intoxicated, according to documents filed in D.C. Superior Court.


The plaintiff, a 19-year-old sophomore, also filed suit against the District, Howard University Hospital and several local doctors. The complaint states she was given a date-rape drug at an off-campus party near Howard and was then denied a rape kit at several hospitals – including GW.


GW Hospital allegedly denied her treatment because doctors at Howard said she appeared intoxicated, according to court documents.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2007 4:42 pm

    So, doctors don’t treat intoxicated patients? This makes no sense to me.

  2. October 17, 2007 5:01 pm

    Chuck, I don’t get it either. I actually poked around a bit to see if the student paper was maybe a satire paper, because it seemed so unbelievable.

  3. October 18, 2007 8:07 pm

    I am flabbergasted. I would think intoxicated women, either intoxicated by choice or by date rape drugs, would be frequent victims of rape.

  4. October 23, 2007 1:17 pm


  5. November 21, 2007 11:06 am

    thanks for the GREAT post! Very useful…


  1. denied rape kit true!!! here are sources -

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