Attorney Jonathan Halperin of the Halperin Law Center has been featured
across several news organizations, including
New York Magazine, offering insight into the case of Jane Doe, the Virginia Wesleyan College
student who was drugged and raped on campus in 2012. He represents Doe
in her lawsuit.
Doe filed a lawsuit against Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) this past June
in Norfolk Circuit Court. She had been a student at Virginia Wesleyan
College and was only three days into her first week of school in 2012.
While attending an on-campus event, Doe stated that one of the school’s
advisors offered her an alcoholic drink, which she says had been spiked
with a date rape drug. She alleged that another individual—a fellow
student and a member of the lacrosse team—brutally raped her while
she was under the influence of the date-rape drug.
Attorney Halperin is representing Doe during this case, and she is seeking
$10 million in damages. The college has employed a defense team and has
asked Doe to provide a thorough list of her complete sexual and romantic
history as part of their investigative process. The defense’s reasoning
is that Doe has claimed a loss of interest in sex, an inability to engage
in sex, and has trouble with romantic relationships.
As a response to the defense, Attorney Halperin refused to relay this information,
believing that it would not be useful to their efforts, but rather is
a tactic to undermine his client’s case. He stated the following:
“This is a drug facilitated rape of a freshman woman on her third
day of orientation by a stranger. To ask a victim in discovery to name
every sexual partner and romantic interest she has ever had is irrelevant
and outrageous and totally inappropriate.”
Attorney Halperin is still continuing to work on this developing case.
Additional updates to follow soon.