Loudoun County says it has withheld a sexual harassment investigation report to avoid ‘retraumatizing’ victims


The Loudoun County School Board on Friday laid out a series of measures to prevent future sexual harassment and said the release of the results of its latest investigation would be illegal and pose a re-traumatic risk to those involved.

Earlier this week, a judge sentenced a Loudoun County teenager accused of sexual assault at two separate high schools. A jury found the juvenile guilty on Wednesday and ordered her to register as a sex offender, saying she had never made it to a minor. They will be on supervised examination until their 18th birthday and placed in a residential treatment facility.

“First and foremost, the report cannot be released because the privacy of the families involved must be protected,” the school board press release on Friday cited the investigation’s conclusion as to how the two top charges were handled.

“The national interest in this investigation is to prevent any opportunity for families to heal privately and to move forward with dignity. The department and our board believe we must do what we can to prevent recurrence of students and families involved in events. Based on that, it determined that the report falls under the protection of attorney-client privilege. “

Loudoun County Schools will not release an investigation report into the handling of allegations of sexual harassment

At a school board meeting at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building on August 11, 2021 in Ashburn, Virginia, Loudoun County School Board members will vote to implement Policy 8040.
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LBL Digital noted Thursday that the school district has refused to release the report – which has caused further criticism as some, including the county sheriff, allege the district was wrong.

To date, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has hired a new Interim Title IX Coordinator and has provided additional mandatory training on “timely reporting of disciplinary data to the Virginia Department of Education,” according to a press release.

At the Loudoun County School Board Meeting in Ashburn, Virginia, on October 26, 2021, people gather to protest a variety of issues, including the administration of the Sexual Harassment Board in the school bathroom, vaccine orders and critical race theory.

At the Loudoun County School Board Meeting in Ashburn, Virginia, on October 26, 2021, people gather to protest a variety of issues, including the administration of the Sexual Harassment Board in the school bathroom, vaccine orders and critical race theory.
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The Title IX office will expand the size and scope of the hiring process by hiring a full-time Title IX Coordinator and additional investigative staff to enhance the ability to process allegations and complaints; And appropriately address the discriminatory complaint and complaints made over the past 12 months to ensure that all Title IX procedures have been complied with, and take corrective actions where appropriate; And provide additional mandatory training to all school administrators to strengthen their understanding of their responsibilities regarding sexual allegations. Harassment and assault. “

Ian Prior, who spearheads the fight for schools’ PAC, told LBL that the measures were too late.

“They’re definitely necessary, but why didn’t they do this before?” Asked Prior, Loudoun’s father and former Trump administration official.

“He spent this time focusing on replacing equality and entitlement in the library and open bathrooms with ‘equity,’ porn books, but he didn’t make sure students were safe from sexual harassment.”

The school district was first referring to equity trainings and other materials that were part of a raging debate over critical race theory in both the county and the US.

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