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Ex-student sues Acadia Divinity College in N.-É.

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A former student files a lawsuit against Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. This is the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

A former Acadia Divinity College student has filed a lawsuit against the Wolfville, N.S., college alleging she was sexually abused by one of its students. his teachers from 1989 to 1991.

In the plaintiff's statement of claim, filed Dec. 21 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the woman claims the college is vicariously liable for the alleged abuse.

She claims to have been abused by the Reverend Dennis Veinotte, who was employed as a professor by the college, the Canadian Baptist Seminary of Atlantic Canada and the University's theology faculty Acadia.

According to the statement, Dennis Veinotte, who died in 2012, cultivated a trusting relationship with the student while she was in the master of divinity program until she left college in 1991.

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The lawsuit alleges that the assaults took place on the property of Acadia Divinity College which then employed Dennis Veinotte.

The college's president, Reverend Anna Robbins, released a statement saying the allegations are disturbing and that The establishment takes the matter very seriously.

She indicated that she had just learned of the allegations and that ;it would be inappropriate to make further comments.

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