Two Warwick group chat victims are suing the university
An American lawyer is representing them
Two victims of the Warwick group chat are suing the university.
Dr Ann Olivarius, an American lawyer, is representing the girls and told The Tab: "We are quite prepared to go to court."
Dr Ann Olivarius specialises in taking legal action against unis who fail to protect students from sexual assault.
"Other cases at other universities have settled for around £100,000 per student," Olivarius said, although a specific sum hasn't been specified.
Following the BBC documentary last week, Olivarius tweeted that "this story is not over," and said she was representing the women.
The Tab understands Olivarius contacted the girls throughout February and March. Other girls involved in the case have declined representation.
She has confirmed to The Tab that she is representing two girls involved, and is preparing to file.
We are so proud to represent these incredible young women.
To everyone who's expressed outrage, disbelief and anger over their treatment by the university and the young men in question – please rest assured that this story is not over. https://t.co/2s48FA3wDt
— Dr. Ann Olivarius (@AnnOlivarius) May 29, 2019
Olivarius' website says she has "brought many cases in this area, challenging universities when they have failed in their duty to protect their students from sexual harassment and campus rape."
Speaking to The Tab, Olivarius said: "There has been a serious lack of leadership and moral courage in the people doing the investigation."
"These girls have been unnecessarily hurt," she said. "There has been terrible abuse and terrible harm done unnecessarily."
Olivarius has also brought cases against professors at Oxford and UCL.
"We aren't doing this to chase money, we're doing it to do the right thing. People have been improperly treated," she said.
She has also been tweeting critically about Peter Dunn, Warwick's head of press.
"You can imagine a situation where the press officer thinks: 'Well, I think the just thing to do would be to do this. But if I put my press officer hat on that won't look good in terms of their perception and the reputation of the university.'"
— Dr. Ann Olivarius (@AnnOlivarius) June 6, 2019
Since the scandal broke, questions have hung over the university's handling of the group chat.
In April 2018, 11 male Warwick students were suspended for making rape threats about fellow students, including "rape her friends too", "rape her in the street", and having "surprise sex" with freshers.
As the story attracted national attention, it emerged that Peter Dunn, Head of Press at the university, was in charged of the investigation.
Pressure grew on the university, as students protested and demanded action. In February, it was announced that two boys with reduced sentences would not return to the university.
Last week, the BBC released a documentary on the scandal, which was highly critical of the university's handling and featured anonymous interviews with some girls involved.