UO rape accuser’s therapist resigns, claims retaliation

Therapist says she faced retaliation for speaking out

Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A therapist who criticized the University of Oregon Counseling Center’s leader for accessing a rape accuser’s mental-health records has resigned, saying she has faced retaliation for speaking out.

The Oregonian reports that senior therapist at the Counseling Center Jennifer Morlok circulated an open letter on Monday saying the retaliation against her continued after the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners found in September that Counseling Center director Shelly Kerr failed to protect the confidentiality of a student’s therapy records.

The student last year alleged she was raped by basketball players at an off-campus party. The Lane County district attorney didn’t file charges, citing a lack of evidence.

UO Vice President for Student Life Robin Holmes says administrators are sorry to see Morlok go and would welcome her reconsideration.

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