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University founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell threatened to punish students who reported rapes, report says

Liberty University, founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell, threatened to punish students who reported rapes, a report has alleged.

The school ignored reports of sexual assaults and threatened to punish those accusing others of abuses for violating the school moral code, ProPublica reported. A school official told the outlet he was fired for raising concerns about the issue, calling it a “conspiracy of silence”.

Elizabeth Axley assumed that the school would handle her report of rape properly as the school uses scripture to urge students to speak up if they see or experience abuse.

“Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves, for the rights of all who need an advocate. —Proverbs 31:8,” info signs and sheets said.

When Ms Axley was a first-year student at the evangelical university in 2017, she went to a Halloween party at an apartment away from campus where she had eight shots and some other drinks. The next thing she remembers is waking up with another student on top of her, with his hand over her mouth. The student denies the claim.

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