An investigation is underway at a January frat party in London, Ont., where several women allege they were drugged and taken to hospital, Nation World News has learned.
House Party was an open bar at Zeta Psi House, located at 116 Mill Street in Downtown London. It was held to celebrate which men would be allowed into the fraternity, with only Zeta Psi men allowed to participate. Sorority women and their friends were also invited.
One woman told CBC that she attended the party and had four or five drinks.
The woman, who did not want her name to be used for fear of retaliation, said friends eventually called an ambulance to take her to the hospital because she was inconsolable, something she said she had never experienced before drinking. Was. She also said that she doesn’t remember much of the night, but believes a drug was slipped in her drink.
“It has to be taken seriously,” said the woman. “The only way to stop and stop this kind of behavior is for the school to take strict action on these people because if they are allowed to get away with it, if they don’t see any consequences, they can potentially do it.” are. Again.”
The party was organized four months after several Western University students reported being intoxicated during orientation week in residence. This led to a police investigation, a rally by thousands to protest campus misogyny and rape culture, and calls for universities to come up with ways to help combat gender-based and sexual violence.
“All gender-based and sexual violence is reprehensible and we will not tolerate it,” Chris Allene, one of Western’s vice presidents, said in a statement to CBC this week.
Allene said that “everyone should play a part in addressing this social problem and preventing this kind of violence from happening.”
Sorcerers and fraternities are not officially affiliated with the university, but their members are exclusively Western students.
“I was really surprised that this happened after the increased awareness in September,” the woman who believes she was drugged told Nation World News. “There was walkouts, a lot of stuff on social media discouraging that kind of behavior, and then it happens again.”
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While in the hospital, the woman said, she was told by a doctor and nurses that there were other women from the same party as well, and she spoke to at least one other who believes she was also drugged.
According to the woman, doctors at University Hospital, part of the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), refused to conduct a drug test that night to help determine what might have been in her drink. She said that two days later when she went to get a doctor’s note for her professors, she again refused.
The woman eventually called Western Student Health Services. She said a doctor told her to come immediately, and test her urine. The results showed the presence of an opioid he said he did not take. Nation World News has seen the drug test results.
The woman reported the incident to London Police, who told CBC they were still investigating.
The Panhellenic Council, which oversees witchcraft at Western University, is also investigating, but declined to comment.
In a memo obtained by Nation World News, the sorority council wrote to the party and its members in the wake of the drug allegations:
“All sorority presidents have met about this issue and have collectively decided to indefinitely cancel all events with Zeta, and are discouraging members from attending any events in their home. Huh.”
The sorority council said it is taking the incident “very seriously,” believes “every single woman is involved” and encourages people to avoid gossiping about the incident with their friends or other members of the fraternity. Encourages you to refrain from talking.
The women who spoke to CBC said there was no response from the fraternity. The motto of Zeta Psi is “Women Tested. Mother Approved.” Western University Chapter was established in 1947. The fraternity’s Instagram page showcases events and road trips that have been taking place since January. An April 1 post congratulates the newly introduced members and says, “Welcome to the Jungle Boys.”
When asked about the drug allegations and the fraternity’s response, its international executive director, Tyler Boisvert, wrote in an email: “Zeta Psi is aware of the serious allegations and there is an ongoing investigation. The alleged action values the Zeta Psi fraternity.” Contrary to this. , Inc. Zeta Psi policy is not to provide information in connection with an investigation.”
Local leaders did not respond to requests for comment.
Another woman said she was at the party but was not drinking, adding that she had seen several women getting sick and being taken away by friends. The woman, who also did not want her name to be used for fear of retaliation, said it was particularly disturbing when members of the Zeta Sai fraternity marched with women to end sexual violence in September.
“They’re just feeding into the culture,” she said. “You support the victims in the community, but you say nothing when the allegations involve your fraternity? I will be dismayed and ashamed wearing the letters of my fraternity, knowing that these are the people you will be with for a lifetime. gonna be friends.”
Annalize Trudel runs education programs at Western University that were established in the wake of the September allegations.
Trudell works for Anova, a London-based organization that works to prevent gender-based violence.
Trudell said of the allegations, the January party story is “panicking” and it is disappointing that the woman and others were not given drug tests at University Hospital.
“Although in this particular circumstance, she was not sexually assaulted, we would qualify it as a form of sexual violence because she was targeted because of her gender, and against her consent and her will.” Something happened with
“Its effect is very similar in many ways, in that it feels incredibly numb. It feels like a violation – something was done to your body that you didn’t know about, and you are now unable to recover. Trying and figuring out the different pieces, how they align, and how you move your body to make it feel like it’s yours again.”
Before she was discharged from the hospital the next morning, the woman, who believed she had been drugged, said that the hospital told her she was at the Special Regional Sexual Assault Hospital at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a sexual assault exam and drug test. and contacting a domestic violence treatment center. However, the woman said, she did not immediately contact the hospital center as she does not believe she was sexually assaulted.
She said she returned to the university hospital two days later for a doctor’s note for her professors, and again asked for a drug test, but was again refused. When she called St. Joseph, she said, she was told that if she wanted a drug test, she would have to undergo a sexual assault test and commit to going to court, which she didn’t want to do.
Cassandra Fischer, coordinator of the Sexual Harassment Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital, said this information is false.
“We are here 24/7, and we provide options for people and they get to choose how they want to proceed,” Fischer said. “If someone doesn’t know if they’ve been sexually assaulted, we give them options because we want them to know this is a place they can come to, and we can also give them community resources. ”
If doctors and nurses need to help figure out how to care for a patient in the emergency room, drug testing is done, said Dr Christy MacDonald, the citywide head of emergency medicine for the LHSC. He said there are 700 drugs that could be used for drug-facilitated sexual assault, and there isn’t a single test for all of them.
However, this case involving more than one woman in the emergency room at the same time will be used as a teaching tool for the foreseeable future, he said.
“From my point of view, a case like this is a good reminder to our employees that we consider additional testing. If there is an opportunity to use testing, we should do it. We will not test for 700 different aspects , but we can choose two or three for testing. This is something I will review with my staff.”
need for accountability
The woman, who told CBC she believed she was drugged, said she doesn’t think there will be criminal charges because it’s impossible to tell who might be responsible.
Jennifer Quaid, an attorney specializing in sexual harassment law, said it would be difficult to proceed with the case in the criminal justice system.
“At the end of the day, you have to point the finger at someone. Who should answer what happened there? We have to stop thinking that criminal law can fix whatever happens. We have to think about why this situation.” The first conversation that should take place is, ‘Can preventive measures be taken?’
“I think it’s going to be incredibly difficult to use the criminal justice system as a recourse here, but I don’t think that’s the only way through,” Quaid said. “Something happened here for which the fraternity should be held accountable.”
In October, Western University’s student government voted to remove special privileges from fraternity and sorority, such as the ability to host campus recruitment events or rent space at a discounted rate.
In her statement, Allene also said that Western would use the “full force” of its gender-based violence policies and student code of conduct to address the incidents described by the woman who spoke to Nation World News.
“We encourage any student who experiences this type of violence – wherever it is – to seek support both on and off campus and, if they are willing and able, to support our encourage the filing of complaints under gender-based and sexual violence policy and with the London Police Service,” said Associate Vice President of Housing and Support Services and Interim Associate Vice President (Student Experience).
“I cannot stress enough that everyone should play a role in addressing this social problem and preventing this kind of violence from happening.”