Women sexually assaulted at Lander sue school

The Associated PressAugust 7, 2013 

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— Two women who were sexually assaulted on the campus of Lander University are suing the school for failing to keep them safe.

The suit, filed last month, accuses the Greenwood school of negligence and breach of contract for letting two non-students into a dorm the night of the March 2012 attack. The university, according to the lawsuit, promises a “non-threatening” environment in its student handbook and should have had better security, including locked doors and a resident assistant who could have prevented the men from entering the building.

The school’s lack of protection, the women said, has led them to experience physical and mental pain.

Lander officials would not talk about the lawsuit, but Vice President of Student Affairs Randy Bouknight said the campus is safe.

Two former football players at Presbyterian College tied three women up and taped their mouths during the attack, according to authorities.

In December, Bobby Henderson III, of Orlando, Fla., was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Cameren Jones, 19, is serving a 23-year sentence.

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