Woman sues Michigan State, says 3 basketball players raped her in 2015

Woman sues Michigan State, says 3 basketball players raped her in 2015

A woman once interested in sports journalism alleges in a federal lawsuit that three Michigan State University basketball players raped her in an off-campus apartment in 2015 when she was an 18-year-old freshman, and the university counseling center coerced her into not reporting the incident.

At some point, the players took turns raping her in a bedroom, according to the lawsuit, which added that she had "no intention of having any physical contact with any of the people present at the party". The names of the victim and the accused were not named in the lawsuit, which was filed in a U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Her attorney Karen Truszkowski says they have proof of that visit. The woman was crying and could not speak, her lawsuit claims, and she did not consent to the activity.

The lawsuit comes as another federal lawsuit involving the women who say they were sexually abused by former MSU sports doctor and convicted serial molester Larry Nassar moves toward mediation. Speaking with ESPN on condition that she not be identified, she said she anxious they would be charged with underage drinking, and counseling staff did nothing to ease those concerns. She claims she often saw one or all of the alleged attackers in the building.

The staff, the lawsuit said, "made it clear to plaintiff that if she chose to notify the police, she faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention and publicity as had happened with many other female students who were sexually assaulted by well-known athletes".

She was told that the three basketball players she referred to were well known athletes and if she pursued a lawsuit against them that she would be swimming with very big fish.

The MSU counseling staff told her she could file a police report or deal with the aftermath of the rape on her own.

The alleged victim was also not made aware of her right to have a no-contact order put in place, which would have kept the three players out of her residence hall.

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The counselors also failed to inform the student of other options and didn't comply with Title IX requirement of providing women with equal protection.

The report also says the school has changed a number of policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment and assault since Nassar's 2016 suspension from MSU. Days after the rape she went to the MSU Counseling Center and reported the incident to a university counselor.

As soon as the basketball player finished assaulting her, the first player who told her she was "mine for the night" and a third basketball player allegedly came into the room, held her down, and raped her.

School officials would not comment on the filing.

By October, she had become so "traumatized, depressed, and withdrawn" that she was admitted to an outpatient psychiatric day-program and stopped attending her classes, she said in the lawsuit.

ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' did a detailed report on Michigan State University's culture earlier this year and stated that the University deliberately turned a blind eye to complaints regarding sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

According to the lawsuit, the woman didn't know what to do, so she talked to another friend, who took her to the Michigan State University Counseling Center on April 20, 2015. She withdrew from classes that semester and, according to the lawsuit, explained to university officials she had been raped and was suffering from the trauma.

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