Expelled by Liberty U after reporting abuse

Hello my name is Sarah Leitner.  I have had to sue Liberty University because they were unable to keep me safe at an internship site in the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Then, I was told via email that it was "grace" that I was allowed to stay in the program. At the same time, I was dealing with PTSD from everything that had happened at the internship site, as well as from Liberty University's responses, and lack of responses, to what had occurred.

When I returned to internship, I was not allowed to withdraw when I faced catastrophic family problems. Three months later, I was expelled after a sex offender made false claims. In January 2019, after asking for all documentation about my case from Liberty University via FERPA, I found many, many misstatements, such as that I was expelled for having a Psychology Today profile without having a license.  This was clearly untrue as I was, and am, a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of South Carolina.  Many students in the PhD program support themselves as a counselor so I am sure many students also had a Psychology Today profile.

After asking for mediation many times before and after I was expelled, I realized the only way to seek remediation in this situation - and to prevent it from happening to others - was to sue. I filed in Federal Court, Western District of Virginia on May 15, 2019. I am presently waiting for the judge to rule on the Defendant's request to dismiss. 

For more information on this case, please email me or look at https://thouarttheman.org/2020/06/10/phd-student-sarah-leitner-notifies-jerry-falwell-of-abuse-that-occurred-at-an-authorized-internship-site-after-the-school-of-counselor-education-of-liberty-university-denies-the-abuse-occurred-and-lat/ . You may particularly be interested in the Expert Witness report that is attached as it details the significant PTSD that occurred to due to Liberty University's negligence.

I am looking for funds to hire a lawyer, as estimates I have gotten have ranged up to 100K. I am hoping that 50K will be enough. I have already had significant expenses, to include the cost of filing a lawsuit ($400), multiple overnight packages at around $30 or more each, and the cost of serving the lawsuit on all defendants (~250+).

Thank you so much for looking at this and for donations and we work together to remediate this situation, as when it recurs is capable of causing great harm.


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Sarah Leitner 
Goose Creek, SC
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