A woman who was raped on a university campus says she will file a complaint with the police and has begun a class action against the school for failing to protect her.
Sasha Smith said she woke up Saturday morning to the sounds of screaming and banging on her door as she and her roommate went to bed.
She said the woman, who is a student at George Washington University in Washington, said the two had gone to sleep and woke up at 4:45 a.m. to find the woman attacking her.
The two were sleeping together when the assault happened.
She awoke and saw Smith lying in a pool of blood, Smith said.
The woman screamed at Smith to get up and run and said she had a knife, Smith recalled.
She ran out of the house and texted her friend, who lives across the street, saying Smith was in the basement and she was scared and couldn’t reach her, Smith told The Washington Post.
“I just ran out to get help and then when I got to the basement, I could hear screaming and screaming and she kept banging on the door,” Smith said, adding that she ran to the kitchen to grab a can of gasoline.
Smith said she ran back to her roommate’s house to grab her cellphone and she called 911.
She said the dispatcher told her to call 911 and that she could go to police and report the assault.
Smith was hospitalized for a day and spent time in the hospital with severe head trauma.
The next day, she went to the hospital again for a second stay.
The third time, she called police.
Smith is the first woman to file a lawsuit against the university, the university said in a statement.
The university is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a non-profit group that works to improve the safety of people who work in the U.S.
A spokesperson for the school said it has cooperated with the investigation and would “make every effort to ensure that any claims are thoroughly investigated and adjudicated.”
The university is currently in the midst of a national conversation about how to address sexual assault and harassment, including mandatory reporting, in the workplace.
Smith’s lawsuit says she’s not the first victim of a campus sexual assault to file suit.
Last year, a student filed a lawsuit in Maryland against the University of Maryland alleging that he was sexually assaulted and had to go to the police for help.
Smith’s lawsuit said she feels “traumatized, angry and upset” and feels she is “a victim of injustice and mistreatment.”
Smith said the incident left her “in shock and disoriented and fearful of the future.”
“I am extremely concerned that if I didn’t report this and speak out and report it, that it could have happened to anyone,” she said.
“The next time a rape happens on a campus, I’m going to report it and it’s not going to go away,” she added.