A Toronto private school was sued over a student’s alleged sexual assault. The school’s name was kept secret until now, but the victims of the alleged rape are not happy about it.
The father of one of the female students, Sarah, who accuses her school of failing to protect her, is taking it to the Ontario Superior Court.
“A private school in my country had no idea that I am a survivor of a sexual assault. That a mother and a daughter was so violated, and that the school knew about it but did nothing to protect them. And, while the school was doing nothing, a friend of the family was having an affair with my daughter.”
“At the end of the school year, my daughter was expelled,” her lawyer, Sarah Zabarsky, told CTV Toronto.
Zabarsky is seeking to have the lawsuit heard in Superior Court over the alleged failure of the Toronto Catholic board of trustees to protect her.
On Friday, the school’s lawyers announced they were dropping out of the case, which has been adjourned until Aug. 19.
The lawsuit had claimed the school failed to protect the girl’s daughter because administrators did not have sex education classes in place at the school when a teacher reported the alleged rape to the head counsellor in February 2016, and it was not until three months later that the teacher told the school.
The lawsuit also alleged that the school failed to keep a “sexual assault hotline” in place, which the teacher was supposed to report the alleged rape to on Feb. 8, 2016, even though the teacher called the hotline and reported the alleged rape to Toronto police on Feb. 3, 2016.
In their motion to withdraw, the school’s lawyers said the board did not notify the school when a teacher notified them of an alleged sexual assault.
The board also argued that it was not until July that the alleged rape was reported to police by the teacher.
When asked why the school waited until eight months later to report the alleged rape to police, the school’s lawyer, Jennifer Lillis, did not specify in her motion to