(PDF links to the Appellant’s Brief and Judgement below.)

Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Girl Raped as Part of Sting Operation Orchestrated by School Officials

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a unanimous decision in favor of the female plaintiff who was raped as an eighth grader by a male student in an Alabama middle school in the case Hill v. Madison County School Board. The Court’s decision gives a green-light to the young woman to proceed to trial with her claim that the school’s outrageous response to her student-on-student sexual harassment  resulted in her rape and violated her rights under Title IX and the U.S. Constitution. The National Women’s Law Center represented the plaintiff together with co-counsel Mastando & Artrip, LLC, arguing against the school board and school officials and urging today’s result. The U.S. Department of Justice also filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the plaintiff.


National Women’s Law Center Files Federal Court Appeal in Sexual Assault Case
September 17, 2014

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Alabama law firm Mastando & Artrip, LLC have filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a lawsuit against the Madison County School Board and its officials for violating Title IX, the U.S. Constitution, and state law.  The case alleges that the Defendants did not properly respond to a long pattern of sexual harassment by a male student, and instead arranged for a 14-year-old female student to meet him in the bathroom in order to catch him in the act of harassment so that he could be punished.  The female student was raped by the male student in the bathroom before anyone arrived to catch him.