Oxford University failed me over handling of rape claim, says woman

Allegation by women’s boat club member raises concerns over culture among university’s elite sportsmen

A member of Oxford University’s women’s boat club has made an allegation of rape against another elite athlete, in a case which raises concerns about the culture among the university’s sportsmen and the way its institutions handle claims of sexual assault.

The alleged rape took place on 25 October last year and the complainant says she initially approached the university women’s rowing club (OUWBC) two days later for support. But she says her experience suggested a lack of knowledge about signposting to the correct support services and she felt staff were slow to respond to her request for help in avoiding having to see the alleged perpetrator.

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