Brooklyn school told 13-year-old to 'move on' after she reported rape: report
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A new lawsuit alleges that a Brooklyn school counselor told an eighth grade student in 2013 to “move on with your life” after she reported being raped by a classmate.

The New York Daily News reports that the girl, 13 at the time of the alleged assault, told a counselor at Spring Creek Community School that she had been raped in an alley near the school by a classmate, and that the assault was filmed, according to the complaint filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

The counselor reportedly told the girl that “if it happened, it happened — move on with your life."

Video of the alleged assault later spread around the school, prompting school officials to contact the police. However, the student was too confused and intimidated to file charges, the lawsuit states.

A spokesman for New York City's Law Department told the Daily News that the city agency will review the lawsuit.


The court filing also alleges that Principal Christina Koza urged the student to stay home from school while officials got the video “under control,” adding that her presence would “make things worse.”

The principal later told the student that the incident “looked consensual” when viewed by video, the Daily News reported.

Koza reportedly did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

The student was enrolled at another public school about a month after the attack, according to the Daily News. The student, who is now 17 years old, continues to suffer from administrators' handling of the incident, the newspaper reported.

“Children are not taught consent at school and administrators do not act lawfully or humanely when students — particularly girls of color — report sexual violence,” Carrie Goldberg, the attorney representing the student, told the Daily News. “It’s criminal when our kids go to school and come home raped, humiliated and told they aren’t welcome there anymore.”

Goldberg also filed a federal civil rights complaint in 2016 over the incident, according to the article.