Lawsuit accuses 3 ex-Michigan State University basketball players of sexual assault
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 11:17
Michigan State University students are speaking out on a lawsuit filed by one of their own.
A sign for Michigan State University is seen near the campus in East Lansing Thomson Reuters DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan State University journalism student who said she was raped by three basketball players sued the school on Monday, claiming that she was discouraged by counselors from reporting the 2015 attack to police.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, says she was raped by three of the university's basketball players in 2015, when she was 18 years old.
At Harper's, JD1 offered the alleged victim a drink, which she accepted, and then offered the alleged victim to meet the "other guys" on the team, which she also accepted.
She agreed to go to the party, but upon entering the apartment, she found no party.
Doe claims she was not romantically interested in the player or his teammates. The woman says in the suit that she was taken to an apartment where the players took turns raping her in a bedroom. She also suspects she was drugged. When they got to the room, the woman said she was thrown face-down on the bed, held in place and raped from behind, according to the lawsuit. Feeling uncomfortable, she managed to leave the bedroom and head back to the living room. He then allegedly raped her from behind while she cried, unable to move or speak, according to the lawsuit.
The alleged victim at this point was extremely hungry and thirsty, and realized JR1 was not in the apartment as she was told by members of the team.
One of the players on the team then offered the alleged victim to come to the player's party, and allegedly lied and said JR1 was already on the way to the party.
Almost a year later the woman resumed classes at MSU, but to date her attorney claims that the university has done nothing.
The lawsuit contends that the counseling center failed to properly advise the woman and even implied it would not be in her "best interest to report the incident to law enforcement".
".the counselor suddenly announced to the Plaintiff that she needed another person in the room with her and the Plaintiff. The counselor's demeanor completely changed", the lawsuit states.
She was told it had happened with many other female students who were sexually assaulted by athletes, the lawsuit says.
The freshman took that to mean the staff was implying it would be best not to go to police, and was told "if you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish", the lawsuit said.
She told Outside the Lines that a player bought her a Long Island iced tea and that shortly after she started to drink it, she began to lose control of her muscles - dropping that drink and another. 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.
Several months later, in October 2015, she became so traumatized, depressed, and withdrawn to the point that she was admitted to the Sparrow Hospital outpatient psychiatric day- program for intensive psychiatric treatment, the suit says. 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.
According to MSU's policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct, counselors generally are not permitted to report allegations of rape or relationship violence to the Title IX office or police. She also changed her major.