A supervisor at a Dorchester disabled day program allegedly forced a 26-year-old deaf disabled woman into a bathroom and raped her, The Boston Globe reported Monday.
The woman’s mother filed a negligence lawsuit against the Strides Day empowerment program on Beach Street, alleging the rape, which the lawsuit says happened in 2018.
the World reported that the woman’s disabilities prevented her from calling for help while she was attacked. She then waited a day before confiding in another member of staff.
According to the lawsuit, the World reported, the Department of Developmental Services opened an investigation into the assault on September 6, 2018. The department closed the investigation three months later after concluding that the allegation was founded.
The victim, who is deaf and has developmental, emotional and mental disabilities, was “legally incapable” and incapable of consenting to sex, according to the lawsuit. The globe.
The woman’s mother is suing the supervisor accused of rape and WORK Inc., the company that runs the Strides Day empowerment program.
The lawsuit alleges assault and battery, gender and disability discrimination, gross negligence and significant mental, emotional and physical harm, The globe reported and seeks a jury trial and $1 million in damages.
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