Former Waterford School student alleges school didn't protect her after she was sexually assaulted

Former Waterford School student alleges school didn't protect her after she was sexually assaulted

It was late 2017, and the #MeToo movement had just begun. She heard from other girls at Waterford School, a private liberal arts campus in Sandy, who told her they also had experiences with that same classmate being sexually aggressive toward them. But Bell says a few months later, Waterford administrators had called a senior class meeting — which she wasn’t invited to — and told her classmates details about her assault, and instructed them to not speak with her. “They didn’t stand by me,” she said. “They treated me like I wasn’t telling the truth, when they believed me a few days prior. I think that’s what hurt the most, was that I thought I had a support system at Waterford with this situation.” Bell, now 20, attended the expensive private school for five years, hopeful that the school would help her with her choral career and be able to accommodate her disability — she has a rare form of muscular dystrophy that affects her mobility and balance. But the woman says the school didn’t provide the promised accommodations, and her treatment became worse after she reported the sexual assault. She recently filed a $10 million lawsuit against the school, alleging it was negligent, invaded her privacy and inflicted emotional distress. “I want other schools and Waterford to know that they have to give the same dignity and respect to everyone, no matter their ability, their gender or their race,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “I want them to be held ...
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