Whistleblower: Penn State Ignored Frat Abuse Complaints – Cycle of Protecting Predators Continues

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2015-06-10 by Call Me Sunshine

James Vivenzio
James Vivenzio, center, accompanied by his attorney Aaron J. Frewiald, arrives for news conference Monday, June 8, 2015, in Philadelphia. Vivenzio, a former student who blew the whistle on a Penn State fraternity’s secret Facebook page featuring photos of naked women, says the university ignored his complaints about sexual assault, hazing and drug use. Vivenzio says in a lawsuit Monday against the university and the suspended frat that he waited eight months for Penn State to take action before going to police in January. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former student who blew the whistle on a Penn State fraternity’s secret Facebook page featuring photos of naked women says the university ignored his complaints about sexual assault, hazing and drug use.

James Vivenzio of Great Falls, Virginia, says in a lawsuit Monday against the university and the suspended frat that he waited eight months for Penn State to take action before going to police in January.

Vivenzio says he was burned with cigarettes, force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit and hot sauce and made to guzzle alcohol as part of fraternity hazing rituals.

Vivenzio’s lawyer says he went to police when he feared someone would die from the activities.

Penn State recently suspended the fraternity for three years. The university and fraternity didn’t immediate return messages.

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