A Michigan State University student filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit claiming school counselors actively discouraged her from contacting police to report an alleged off-campus rape by three Spartans basketball players. The two other players, John Does 1 and 3, allegedly entered the room and took turns raping her as the others held her down. She began to think that maybe she had been drugged. She was "was crying, she could not move, nor could she speak".
The woman's attorney, Karen Truszkowski, told The Associated Press on Monday that she is reserving comment to give MSU "an opportunity to get up to speed and go over it". She said her roommate was not at the apartment as she had been told, the lawsuit said.
JD2 then asked the alleged victim if she would like to see some of his basketball memorabilia. One bought her a drink and introduced her to his friends.
After the woman told counsellingcentre staff that basketball players were involved, she said the staff made it clear that if she reported it to police "she faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention", according to the lawsuit.
"If you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish", a staff member told her, according to the lawsuit.
The victim has claimed that she chose to come forward and take action because she did not want another girl in Michigan State to go through what she had to go through and have her life messed up.
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.
The woman reported the rape to a counselor at the university's Counseling Center on April 20, 2015.More news: Spotify debuts on Wall Street with a $30 billion valuation
The lawsuit states the woman wasn't told of her of her right to report the incident to MSU's Office of Institutional Equity or notified of her Title IX rights, protections and accommodations.
Although the former men's basketball players who allegedly committed the rape did not live in Brody, the alleged victim would often see one or all of them at the Brody Dining Hall, which would cause panic and flashbacks to that night, along with fear every day she would see the three players.
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Another staff member came into the room and the two counselors told the woman that her two options were to either file a police report or deal with the aftermath of the rape on her own.
The woman resumed classes in January 2016 and changed her major. She withdrew from classes, changed her major, sought psychiatric care and remains on prescription medication, according to the lawsuit.
The court papers noted that the university has been under scrutiny over its handling of sexual assault cases in its athletics programs, an apparent reference to the Larry Nassar a former faculty member and physician at Michigan State and a doctor for USA Gymnastics.
Per a report from ESPN, the players aren't identified because the focus of the lawsuit is "the way she was treated by the university".
The lawsuit alleges that the university has a practice of silencing victims who have accused male athletes of sexual assault, and has thus created a culture that has "emboldened male athletes and has given them unwritten permission to commit acts of sexual assault without outcome", according to Reuters.