New York Times spotlighted Attorney Jonathan Halperin, counsel for a Virginia Wesleyan
College student who was raped on campus during orientation in 2012.
The woman, who wishes to remain confidential, is being referred to as “Jane
Doe.” Her complaint stated that she was raped as a result of drinking
a shot that contained date rape drug. She reported that a peer advisor
who works for the school was the person who provided her with the drink,
and an upper class member of the lacrosse team was her rapist.
Doe is seeking $10 million in damages from VWC for their numerous failures
in adequately protecting her from the situation. She has experienced severe
trauma since the assault, which includes PTSD, panic disorders, and depression.
VWC is demanding that Doe provide a complete list of every sexual and romantic
partner she has had both prior to and since her brutal rape. VWC went
on to state that in order to justify the amount of compensation she is
seeking, the defense will need that information to investigate more thoroughly.
Attorney Halperin refused this demand, stating, “To ask the victim
in discovery to name every sexual partner and romantic she has ever had
is irrelevant and outrageous and totally inappropriate. It is intended
to harass and intimidate the victim.”
Doe’s lawsuit was filed in June of last year in Norfolk Circuit Court.
Attorney Halperin is being featured in several major news outlets to discuss
the case. All case proceedings are still currently in development.