BYU-Hawaii sued over sex assault claims

BYU-Hawaii sued over sex assault claims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - BYU-Hawaii on Oahu's North Shore is being sued over its alleged handling of sex assault claims.

A former student says she was repeatedly sexually assaulted and harassed by a former student leader.

The suit, filed in federal court, says the woman hesitated to report the assaults because she had previously been suspended for violating the honor code which prohibits sexual activity.

She was afraid she would be punished even though it was against her will.

Similar complaints have been raised at BYU in Utah.

In response, the university has clarified that sex assault victims would not be referred to the Honor Code Office.

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