“Lawsuit accuses Austin, Travis County of gender bias in handling sexual assaults”
Three women have sued the city of Austin and Travis County, alleging their sexual assault cases were inadequately handled because of their gender. The class-action lawsuit claims that sexual assault survivors “have been denied equal access to justice and equal protection of the law.”
The suit, filed Monday in federal court, was first reported by The Austin Chronicle.
“Perpetrators of sexual assault are never held accountable,” Jennifer Ecklund, a partner with the law firm Thompson & Knight LLP, said. That puts female victims of sexual assault, as well as other women in Austin, at continued risk, she said.