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After Sexual Assault, Woman Says University Lawyers Accessed her Counseling Records

When University of Oregon senior Laura Hanson was sexually assaulted by a fellow student a couple of days after New Year’s 2013, she said she felt violated and later shunned by her friends and sorority sisters.

The university’s drawn-out investigation of the incident—which substantiated her allegation—only added to her trauma.

Hanson’s ordeal wasn’t over. Last year, as she pressed forward with a claim against the university, Hanson learned that the school’s attorneys had obtained her confidential counseling records — her most intimate thoughts about what happened — without her permission.