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Canisius College Faces Lawsuit, Accused of Allowing Rape Culture Among Sports Teams

A federal lawsuit filed Monday accuses Canisius College of allowing sexual harassment and discrimination on its men’s and women’s cross country/track and field teams and ignoring reports of sexual assault until one freshman athlete was allegedly raped.

“The sexual harassment and discrimination against female athletes in the Cross-Country/Track and Field Team fostered a hostile environment which promoted and condoned other forms of sexual abuse against female athletes, including sexual assault and rape,” attorneys Lindy Korn, Catherine McCulle and Brian Melber wrote in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which names the college, head track coach Nathan Huckle, athletic director William Maher and former athlete Donovan Glavin as defendants, stated that male athletes would “get female athletes high so that they could have sex with them,” a practice the lawsuit describes as “smoking a girl up.”

Read the source article at Buffalo, New York News and Weather

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