Suit claims woman was drugged and abused at Georgia Tech fraternity party

A Georgia State University student has filed suit against a Georgia Tech fraternity, claiming that she was drugged and had vulgar slurs written on her body while attending a 2012 party at the fraternity’s house on the Tech campus.

The suit, filed last Friday by attorney David S. Fried on behalf of a woman referred to in the suit as “Jane Doe,” asserts that the 19-year-old was at an “Islander Week” party at the Phi Gamma Delta house on Fowler Street on April 19, 2012, when she was “handed a drink by a fraternity member.”

“Approximately 20 minutes after plaintiff was handed the drink, she blacked out,” the suit claims. “The drink was the only thing plaintiff consumed at the party. The drink was adulterated by a controlled substance which caused plaintiff to black out.”

According to the suit, the plaintiff woke up the next morning on a couch in a common area on the second floor of the fraternity house, “partially nude, and her shoes, shirt and bra were in a pile on the floor next to her.”

The plaintiff later discovered that she had writing “all over her body.”

“Fraternity letters and other vulgar and sexually suggestive comments were scrawled all over the plaintiff’s chest, arms, abdomen and back with different color ink markers,” the suit states. “For example, on the lower part of plaintiff’s back, someone had scrawled ‘when are we going to do this,’ with an arrow pointed to plaintiff’s backside.”

According to the suit, the plaintiff’s mother took her to Grady Memorial Hospital, where an invasive rape kit was administered, and those results were negative.

Efforts Friday to reach a fraternity spokesman were unsuccessful.

Georgia Tech spokesman Matt Nagel released the following statement: “Georgia Tech Police Department conducted a full investigation of the incident. Since this is a civil matter and Georgia Tech is not a party to the lawsuit, it is not appropriate for us to comment on matters soon to appear before the court.”

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