LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18, 2013: Attorney Gloria Allred, left sitting and Dr. Caroline Heldman, professor of politics, along with 6 sexual assault victims at a news conference to announce the filing of a complaint against Occidental as a result of what the women allege is the college's "Deliberate indifference to rape victims." (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / April 18, 2013)

A group of Occidental College students and alumni -- including several who say they were raped -- filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults.

Flanked by six current and former students who say they were raped, attorney Gloria Allred said the complaint outlines violations of Title IX, which bars sex discrimination at schools.

In the complaint, Allred alleges that 37 students were “raped, sexually assaulted, battered, harassed or retaliated against for speaking out against sexual violence."

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