Hear and see a lot of people talking about what MSU Counseling Center should've and should not have done when an alleged rape by 3 MSU basketball players was reported in '15, per lawsuit. Here's exactly what they should've done. ????????????@DougAndGator971 pic.twitter.com/O9v1QmvFKC— Jason Colthorp (@JasonColthorp) April 10, 2018
The same institution where disgraced Dr. Larry Nassar was allowed to molest his patients is now being sued for reportedly coercing a woman to forego reporting athletes for rape.
The Associated Press reported that the woman, who has not been named, is suing the university after three former Michigan State University basketball players allegedly sexually assaulted her in 2015. The incident happened at an off-campus apartment, and the victim alleged that she was potentially drugged before being gang-raped by the athletes.
After the incident, she sought counseling through the university. But once counseling center staff learned that players were involved, they discouraged her from reporting the atrocious ordeal to the police since she “faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention.”
According to the suit, the victim was “so discouraged by the representations made by the MSUCC Counseling staff she became frightened to the point that she decided she could not report the rape(s) to law enforcement.”
The incident and the subsequent careless approach from MSU counseling staff left her so traumatized that she only sought assistance from the school’s Sexual Assault Program 10 months later.
The suit claimed that MSU failed to comply with Title IX requirements when it created “a culture in which male MSU athletes felt entitled and emboldened to commit sexual assaults without consequence.” As such, attorney Karen Truszkowski alleged in the suit, the school did not provide her client with equal protection under the law.
Because this isn’t the first time that MSU athletes (and staff) are accused of rape and sexual abuse, it’s clear that the university is allowing the culture of harassment to thrive.
On Twitter, many users brought that up, attacking the institution for failing to care for its students.
How many years have survivors been calling out a deeply rooted rape culture and systemic harassment at MSU? This is the institution that found LARRY NASSAR NOT RESPONSIBLE for violating students. Yes, THAT serial abuser who is now serving 175 years. https://t.co/zOwN559b67— Andrea L. Pino (@andreactually) April 10, 2018
From the suit: "MSU has fostered a culture in which female victims are discouraged from reporting sexual assaults when those assaults are perpetrated by male athletes, thus protecting the univ, the male ath. programs, and the male athletes at the expense of the female victims."— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) April 9, 2018
@michiganstateu I know my voice is very small, but the only thing you're getting from me is shame until I see a full report about, and policy changes to stop hiding assault. You may be trying to fix it, but I'm going to need evidence.— Loren LaLonde (@lorenlalonde) April 9, 2018
There are two parts to this that are very serious if true. The lawsuit is against MSU for its alleged dismissive and dissuasive behavior in handling of the young women's complaint. And then obviously there's the rape allegation itself. https://t.co/UvTSu34iQe— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) April 9, 2018
This is MSU basketballs 3rd accusation since 2010. You already know about the football. And just recently MSU said Larry Nassar not responsible for violating students..... his in jail for violating over 150 woman but to them he’s innocent. This school is fucked up— Taylor Gonzalez (@tay_gonzo) April 10, 2018
Just last week, three ex-football players associated with the school pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in 2017. Now, Nassar will spend the rest of his days in jail for sexually abusing more than 100 patients. And even his MSU boss, former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU William Strampel, is under investigation for abuse and other related charges.
The way things are going, it’s clear MSU needs a deep and complete transformation of its approach to sexual assault if it wants to remain open or, at the very least, keep students enrolling.