The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is opening a new investigation into the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for allegedly punishing sophomore/rape survivor Landen Gambill for "intimidating" her rapist by speaking to press about the federal complaint she filed against her school.
Remember when Gambill was charged in February with a school honor code violation for "intimidating" her rapist, an ex-boyfriend whom she never named publicly? The case was dropped after UNC's Chancellor made a special request (and, maybe/definitely related, #standwithlanden trended nationally), but the investigation will determine whether Landen was deliberately punished. Of course, it's against the law to retaliate against whistleblowers. Gambill's allegations sound too evil to be true — straight out of a SVU episode, even — but Gambill's real life inspired that same episode, after all.