HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Seven women say UConn didn't do enough to protect them and didn't take their complaints of sexual abuse seriously. So now they've filed a complaint with the federal government.
Four of the students who launched the complaint with the Office of Civil Rights came forward to publicly tell their stories of alleged sexual assault on the campus.
"This past spring semester, I was drugged and raped by a fellow student and co-worker from the University of Connecticut," said Erica Daniels, UConn student.
"I was sexually assaulted by a male student athlete. I spent the following week in my bed crying, trying to understand what happened to me," said Rose Richi, UConn student.
Nationally know woman's rights attorney, Gloria Allred, says she filed the complaint because UConn and its police department has failed their students.
"The officer told me women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter, or rape will continue to happen until the cows come home. Shocked, I left feeling confused, violated, traumatized and vulnerable," said Kylie Angell, former UConn student.
At the news conference at the Mariott, Attorney Allred says she would not rule out filing actual lawsuits against the University on behalf of the students for financial compensation. But, she says the main thing the victims want is a change in the culture on the UConn campus.
"One of the reasons they all wanted to speak out is they want to protect other women on the UConn campus. It's not just about them," said Allred.
In the past, students have staged demonstrations to bring awareness to what they say is a rape culture on campus.
UConn released the following statement regarding the accusations:
"The University of Connecticut takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously, as the health and well-being of our students is our top priority. Our response protocol for these and other alleged incidents of sexual assault is in line with or exceeds best practices. We always must be mindful of the rights of the accused and the accuser while upholding our commitment to protecting the safety of our campus community."
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