Reported Sexual Abuse & Rape at Rust College
Were You, or Do You Know of Someone Who Was, Sexually Abused at Rust College?
Update On Our
FIRM'S CONTINUING INVESTIGATION
Lawsuit Status Report
Since our last update the U.S. District Court Magistrate
Judge has granted the Plaintiff's request to amend her
initial lawsuit. The Judge's Order provided that "the motion
to amend the complaint is well taken and should be granted".
The amended lawsuit references additional instances of
sexual improprieties of which it is alleged that President
Beckley was aware. The amended lawsuit names President
Beckley as a co-defendant.
Our firm has also filed eight additional lawsuits against Rust College which includes individual claims against Sylvester Oliver and Johnnie McDonald, Director of Enrollment Services. McDonald's employment with the Rust College abruptly ended one day after our firm provided notice to Rust College's lawyers that he was a target of our continuing investigation.
Our firm conducted a press conference in Memphis, TN on February 14 announcing the filing of the Amended Complaint as well as the eight additional complaints. The claims against Johnny McDonald WERE referenced in the press conference and shortly thereafter we began to receive email responses from those individuals who had been victimized by McDonald. A sample comment is:
"I was a student at Rust College in the social work program in 2003-2005. I was encountered by Johnny McDonald in admissions. He exposed himself and tried to get me to come around his desk and perform oral sex on him. I'd gone in there to get a form signed. I left there so sick and I cried all of the way home, but couldn't tell my husband. I did call the president's office and stopped by there a few times but they ignored it and never got back to me. It's a small town and I see Mr. McDonald around and he just smirks like he got away with something. I contacted an attorney and they said something about a year's time passing so I gave up. I would stand before God & recount that story. Please do something because they have ruined the lives of young girls for so long but everyone here knows each other and they cover up for one another. That man broke my spirit about even continuing my education."
We currently represent three rape victims and numerous victims of sexual assault or abuse. What we have learned is that the reports of misconduct are NOT LIMITED to Sylvester Oliver. Allegations of sexual abuse by an additional faculty member are almost as numerous as those against Oliver.
In the name of Justice and the protection of the faculty and students of Rust College we need to hear from anyone who has been victimized or who may have information concerning any alleged sexual harassment or abuse occurring on campus, even if your story is identical to the ones referenced above or if you have experienced similar treatment. YOU MAY HAVE A CLAIM OF YOUR OWN.
Penn State Pays $59.7 Million Over Sandusky Scandal
Penn State announced October 28 that they are going to pay compensation to the sexual assault victims of Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is serving a 60 year sentence and three other former Penn State administrators are waiting trial on charges of attempting to cover-up the scandal. Click to read the full article on Yahoo News.
Rust College AbuseThe Cochran Firm has Filed a Federal Lawsuit Against Rust College and Dr. Sylvester Oliver
The lawsuit that was filed against Rust College and Dr. Sylvester Oliver August 28, 2013 alleges that Rust College fosters an environment that allows the sexual abuse of students and also allows perpetrators to get away with the abuse.
The rape of our client that occurred in the fall of 2012 by Dr. Oliver is more than a "she said, he said" situation and the facts will definitely come out in court. In addition to this accusation, other students have contacted us telling how Dr. Oliver exposed his genitals to them; making sexually offensive physical contacts and sexually explicit lewd comments; asking "can you keep a secret" while requesting sex with students and promising additional benefits would result if they performed sexual acts.
Our investigative team has also uncovered reports of other faculty members committing acts of sexual abuse on students. Rust College appears to have knowledge of some of the instances of abuse that happened on their campus, however, to date, they have not acted in a manner that would prevent the environment and stop the abuse.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to make the Rust College campus safer for all students by forcing the Administration to act swiftly and decisively upon reports of sexual abuse and to hold guilty parties accountable.
Perhaps you have also suffered abuse at Rust College. Please confidentially contact us today.
Recently Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi has been in the news for the arrest of the head of its Humanities Department, Dr. Sylvester Oliver, who has been accused of raping a student.
After the rape allegations were made, a student commented that there are rumors of other inappropriate actions by Professor Oliver with other students. A former professor from Rust has indicated that there may be additional sexual assaults by other faculty or staff members.
Dr. Sylvester Oliver was reportedly employed by
Rust College in the early 2000's and apparently left
after allegations of abuse of a female student. In 2006 he
was teaching at Northside High School in Memphis
when he was accused of raping a student in an empty
classroom. Professor Oliver resigned and, despite
the recent and past allegations, was rehired by Rust
continue to teach and mentor young people. Our firm
intends to discover why Rust College would hire a
faculty member with a
documented history of an alleged rape and sexual
here to see letter from Memphis City Schools.)
ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENTS, IT IS OUR DUTY TO DISCOVER EVIDENCE OF ALL INSTANCES OF SIMILAR ABUSE BY DR. OLIVER UPON CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS OF RUST COLLEGE.
Were You, or do You Know of Someone Who Was Sexually Abused at Rust College?
Stop the abuse!
From the reports we have received, and the numbers of students who have confidentially told us their stories, there may be dozens of people whose lives have been adversely affected at Rust College.
How many more young people from Rust College are being weighted down by secrets of abuse that they have been too afraid to talk about? Reportedly the Administration has threatened anyone who will help us in this investigation, but let us assure you, the veil of secrecy is about to fall! More people who come forward and tell their stories to our lawyers can help insure that sexual abuse at Rust will be taken seriously.
Fill out the form on this page and one of the Cochran Firm Team Members will contact you back for additional information. Rest assured, your privacy is of utmost concern to us.
If you had to tolerate abuse, only to continue to suffer further from fear of reprisal if your story comes to light, then you need to understand that this fear can end. The Cochran Firm is here to help and protect you and to make sure that others do not have to suffer as you have.
The Cochran Firm has been representing the less fortunate against powerful entities such as governments and corporations for over 40 years. Mr. Johnnie Cochran believed he could make a difference in the world, and he did by representing ordinary citizens! Our lawyers and team members want to achieve the absolute best for our clients.
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