8.30.16 | Tyler Kingkade
A female student is accusing her small Minnesota college of failing to support her after she was sexually assaulted overseas.
Emilee Franklin wanted to help protect other women. Franklin says she was sexually assaulted during a study abroad trip to Ireland last year and hoped to share a warning message with students getting ready to spend a semester overseas.
Administrators at Franklin’s school, the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, initially told her she would be able to address about a dozen students preparing to go abroad, she said.
But a day before the meeting, the school’s chief student affairs officer sent Franklin an email to rescind his invitation.
“If you were to show up anyway I will cancel the meeting and follow up with current students individually,” Steve Lyons wrote in the message dated Dec. 13, 2015, which The Huffington Post obtained.
It was a crushing blow for Franklin. She filed two federal complaints against St. Scholastica this summer, alleging that the school had mishandled her sexual assault case ― something she says she might not have done if she’d been allowed to talk to other students about her experience.