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Former Michigan State University Basketball Players Accused Of Rape

11 April 2018, 11:17 | Violet Powell

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Michigan State ignored me after basketball gang rape suit

School officials would not comment on the filing.

Former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was recently convicted of sexual abuse, was a longtime employee at MSU.

The Michigan attorney general's office is investigating the role others at the school may have played in crimes committed by Nassar, who is spending the rest of his life in prison.

In the wake of widespread scandal, university president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis have since resigned from their positions.

The lawsuit alleges that Michigan State violated Title IX by failing to properly respond to the allegation.

The lawsuit alleges an 18-year-old woman in her first year as a student at Michigan State was raped by three players shortly after the basketball season ended.

In it, three men's basketball players are accused of raping a female student in 2015. One of the players offered to buy her a drink and asked whether she would like to meet "other guys" from the team. Because of her interest in sports journalism, she accepted. "At no time did she consent to the sexual activity", the suit said. There, her roommate told her she did not know about a party. According to the woman, it was not clear who the additional person was or why they were brought into the room.

She claims that once in the room, she could not control her hands to play a song on a laptop, "realized something was wrong" and "thought she might have been drugged".

The freshman was uncomfortable and was able to exit the bedroom and make her way back to the living room where she felt amusing and suspected she had been drugged. She remembered being incredibly thirsty, and she was given a glass of water, the lawsuit states, and she was "drinking the water when the room went dark".

She "was forcefully thrown face down on the bed, held in place so she could not move, while [the basketball player] raped Plaintiff from behind", according to the complaint.

The players allegedly led the victim back to a non-existent house party where they took turns raping her. She called a taxi and went to her dorm room, "distraught, traumatized, and crying".

"We have personal records yes, we have records that are in possession of the university, yes", her attorney said.

She claims that the unnamed counselors told her she would face an "uphill battle" and "unwanted media attention" if she reported the rape to police, and that she would be "swimming with some really big fish" if she made a decision to involve law enforcement.

The MSUCC staff told the alleged victim her only options were to file a police report or deal with the aftermath on her own.

Jane Doe was also not advised by the counselors to get a physical exam, seek medical treatment or have STD or pregnancy tests. It also alleges she was not notified of her federal Title IX rights, protections, and accommodations.

She "lived in fear every day that she would see her attackers", the suit says. Eventually she was forced to withdraw for the semester.

"Everyone I was in classes with or working with was just all into sports, like 'bleed green, '" she told "Outside the Lines", according to ESPN. "I'm thinking to myself, 'If only you could look at them like I have to".

Her attorney, Karen Truszkowski, told Outside the Lines that her client has not reported the incident to police, but, "I can not say that she's not ever going to report it".

The defendants are MSU and unnamed counselors at the Michigan State University Counseling Center who allegedly dissuaded her from going to police.

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