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Male Penn Grad Files Suit Alleging Sexual Assault After Frat Party

Stewart, then a 19-year-old sophomore, attended the "rush party" at the frat house on Jan. 12, 2013, the lawsuit says.
Male Penn Grad Files Suit Alleging Sexual Assault After Frat Party
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Props to this man for going public. Male-on-male sexual assault is a lot more common than anyone realizes, mostly because the victims are frequently too humilated to press charges. Much like other frat house rapes, the alleged assailant claims the plaintiff was a willing participant. Via

A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania claims he was raped, infected and disfigured by another student after a fraternity-recruitment party at Penn.

Reginald Stewart, 21, of Florida, alleges in a lawsuit that after being forced to consume excessive amounts of alcohol at the Phi Kappa Psi event in January 2013, he was sexually assaulted by another potential recruit, Charles Gibson of Louisiana.

Stewart, then a 19-year-old sophomore, attended the "rush party" at the frat house on Jan. 12, 2013, the lawsuit says. He claims that he was taken to various alcohol stands throughout the night and stuffed with booze until he fluttered in and out of consciousness.

The suit, filed Monday in Common Pleas Court against the frat chapter and Gibson, claims that Gibson and a member of the frat helped walk Stewart home to his dormitory on Locust Walk near 39th Street in University City. His next memory was awakening in the middle of an assault. He says he was unable to fight Gibson off because of his level of intoxication, according to court documents.

Stewart claims that he underwent reconstructive surgery on his rectum, which resulted in permanent scarring, and contracted HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, as a result of the encounter. He is seeking almost $500,000 in damages.


Phi Kappa Psi fraternities around the country have had a long history of both sexual assault allegations and hazing allegations, from a 1984 gang rape that occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia (that case resulted in a conviction) to a hazing incident at the University of West Virginia in 2013 that led to criminal charges and the frat's suspension.

When I was in high school, we went to parties at these Locust Walk frats all the time. But one of us always stayed sober and kept tabs on everyone else. Even then, we knew not to trust frat boys.

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