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Former UVa. student: ‘I had to walk on campus with my rapist’

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Nov 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 16:37:22-05

Williamsburg, Va. - Opening up after a high-profile Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia, another former student says something similar happened to her.

She says her attacker was never charged.

"I had to walk on campus with my rapist for the next two and a half years," says Kelly Organski.

Organski is speaking out, nearly five years since her sexual assault as a student.

"There was no reprimand for him. He was on an athletic team. There was no coach that was ever notified."

We met Kelly in Williamsburg, where she says the recent Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at a UVa. fraternity house brought back all the wrong kind of emotions.

Her assault also happened at a fraternity party.

She also was a first year.

"I reported it. I was assigned a detective."

Kelly's story helps us understand why so many victims of sexual assault feel injustice.

In her case, even though she went to the cops and to the university, she says nothing happened.

"Unfortunately, because of the situation and alcohol was involved, it became a he-said she-said."

But should Thomas Jefferson's university have done more?

While president Teresa Sullivan has said, "The university takes seriously the issue of sexual misconduct," UVa. remains under federal investigation.

"There is a lot more that they can do."

Kelly says she her story and the one in Rolling Stone are not unique.

"I know a lot of women who left UVa. after they were assaulted."

"In universities, almost no one is ever expelled for sexually assaulting another student."

As for advice to those in college coping with a rape or an assault, she says join organizations - the UVa. band saved her.

"Without those, I probably would not have healed."