Dillard University student raped in dorm by Former Student

Johnathan Givins faces a charge of second-degree rape in connection to a rape reported to have occurred at Dillard University’s campus in Gentilly on Sunday, April 20, 2019. (Orleans Justice Center jail)50shares

An 18-year-old Dillard University student said she was raped Sunday (April 21) in her dorm room by a fellow student, 22-year-old Johnathan Givins, and another man who she knows from the school, a New Orleans Police Department affidavit states.

Johnathan Givins, 22, was booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail on a charge of second-degree rape on Thursday, jail records show. He posted a surety bond shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

According to an affidavit for Givins’ arrest warrant, the 18-year-old woman said Givins sexually assaulted her while they were alone in her dorm room. Another man then entered the dorm room, and Givins stepped aside while he “watched” the other man sexually assault her, the affidavit states. Both men then raped her before leaving the dorm room, the woman told police.

The woman said she separately told each man to stop, but they refused, police wrote. The woman told police she was acquainted with both men “from Dillard University campus life,” the affidavit states.

Givins is being represented by private attorney Marion Floyd, records show. Floyd did not immediately return a message on Friday.

A statement issued by Dillard University said the school contacted the New Orleans Police Department, “as per our policy,” regarding the assault allegations. The school’s Title IX office is also investigating the allegations along with campus judicial officers, the university said.

The other man named in Givins’ arrest affidavit did not appear to have been charged in Orleans Parish as of Friday afternoon. It’s unclear if charges are pending against him.

The woman told police that after the men left, she cried, took a bath and washed her clothes. She told a female friend what happened, and then went to her grandmother’s house. From there, she went to a local hospital that the affidavit says wasn’t equipped to conduct a sexual assault examination, and ultimately went to University Medical Center for the exam.

NOPD detectives met with the woman at the hospital and collected evidence from the dorm. Video surveillance showed Givins entering the woman’s dorm room at about 2 p.m., and the other man entering a few minutes later. About an hour later, the affidavit states, Givins and the other man are seen leaving the room at the same time.

Orleans Parish Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell set Givins’ bond at $20,000 and issued a stay-away order barring him from contacting the 18-year-old woman.

Dillard’s statement said the school “will continue to educate its students on consent, rape culture and tactical methods to protect themselves and their peers.” The school said Dillard freshman Lauren Rhodes last month began organizing a campaign, #DUDemandsConsent, for Sexual Assault Awareness month in April. The group hosted an event Wednesday, which Dillard said was unrelated to Thursday’s arrest or the 18-year-old woman’s recent report to police.

Dillard said Rhodes’ #DUDemandsConsent campaign also uses group discourse to each other about “what proper consent is.”

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