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Sarah Tubbs launches GoFundMe campaign to cover costs in SUNY lawsuit

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Sarah Tubbs in a news conference on March 10, 2015. She launched a GoFundMe to help pay for an expert witness in her lawsuit against SUNY. HANAA’ TAMEEZ/STATESMAN FILE

Update: Jan. 29, 2017, 1:52 p.m. 

According to a University spokesperson, Stony Brook University does not comment on pending litigation.

Sarah Tubbs, the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the State University of New York for Stony Brook’s alleged mishandling of her sexual assault case, has raised nearly $17,000 towards her $25,000 goal through the online fundraising website GoFundMe.

Tubbs launched the page two days ago and has raised over 60 percent of her goal thanks to 131 donors. The money will be used to cover the cost of an expert witness in her case. The deadline to raise the $25,000 is Jan. 31.

In the description of the campaign titled Help End Campus Sexual Assault, Tubbs recounts the process she experienced after her alleged rape in 2014.

“When I reported the crime to the police they interrogated me, questioning the tightness of my clothing and withheld information,” the description read. “Then they somehow decided my attacker committed no crime. After being turned away by the criminal justice system, I reached out to our college process and reported the assault to the University. And that is where the second rape continued.”

The Statesman has reached out to Stony Brook University for a comment.

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    bananazJan 28, 2017 at 8:41 am

    The community standards head Matilde Orlich is known for her abrupt manner and for harassing/intimidating students. Whoever has a meeting with her or any other student affairs meeting needs to keep the record button on. All it will take is one person to let the court hear what this filthy woman says to students.