ECU student unhappy with university, police investigation into rape case

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An ECU student is breaking her silence after she said not enough was done by the university or ECU police to investigate her rape case.

The student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said it dates back to January 2015 when she said she was raped after a frat party. She woke up with him on top of her.

“I was beating on his chest telling him to get off of me because it hurt so bad and that I didn’t want to do this,” she said. “And he was like no let me finish, let me finish, and I was like no, stop.”

She had only met the student she said raped her the night before. She said he continually asked her to have sex with him, and despite saying no multiple times, he did it anyway.

She said the ordeal has led to PTSD.

“One of my dreams was of him killing my family. And my most recent dream didn’t even have to do with him, but it did have to do with being raped,” she said.

After the incident, she struggled with what to do next. She said she was confused, but eventually reported it to the university and ECU police several days later. She said an investigation was done, but she eventually received an email and was told there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the case.

She said she doesn’t feel as if her case was taken as seriously as it should be. She said her text message history with the other student wasn’t even requested, nor was a rape kit completed. But ECU Victim Advocate Kathleen Bursky said they take every case seriously.

“I have not seen a victim treated unfairly or unjustly, and we really do our best to be understanding,” Bursky said.

Prior to this year, ECU only had one person overseeing Title IX, which sexual assaults fall under. After students voiced concerns, the university decided to train everyone in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to handle the cases, bringing the number from one to seven.

“That office receives a lot of reports that have to be investigated,” said Travis Lewis, Associate Dean of Students. “We have to be thoughtful in our sanctioning, if we do find the student responsible.”

According to ECU’s Clery Report data, 15 sexual assaults were reported at the university in 2013, down from 21 sexual assaults in 2012.

Despite more attention on sexual assaults on college campuses across the country, ECU Police said many victims don’t know what they should do.

“With sexual assaults, we encourage people not to shower or to wash because you’re pretty much getting rid of the evidence,” said Lt. Darri Stormer.

Stormer said sometimes the process of bringing charges is long and difficult, which is why they try to be there as much as they can for the victim and make sure they know what resources are available.

“Could it be faster? It could be. But it’s just the system,” Stormer said.

The student said she wished the university would educate the university about what they should do in a case like this.

ECU does offer a number of resources for victims and those going through hard times. Click here for more information.

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