UA Accused Of Shaming Alleged Sexual Assault Victim
A teenager who says she was groped by an elderly man on a plane says in response to her complaint UA suggested she was ‘asking for it.’
Schiffel said the man touched her breasts twice while her mother was away from her seat on a flight between LAX and SYD in July 2014.
She claims that she and her mother Narelle, 42, demanded to be moved to different seats, but were told to return to the same place.
Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports that in a letter to Chelsea’s family, the airline wrote: “The flight attendants and passengers also stated that you and your daughter were allowed to move to other seats several times, that Chelsea repeatedly moved in and out of her seat, crawling over the other customer who was attempting to sleep, and that your daughter wore extremely short shorts.”
“You have provided no evidence of any negligence on the part of United regarding this matter,” the airline wrote.
Schiffel’s family has tried launching legal action against the airline, but has been hampered by lack of evidence.
The alleged victim said what she was wearing was irrelevant, stating: “For me it comes across, by them saying that, (it) feels like they were telling me that I was asking for it.”