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.
The lawsuit accuses Michigan State of failing to comply with Title IX requirements by not providing the woman with equal protection under the law and says the school "created an unwritten, official policy that created a culture in which male MSU athletes felt entitled and emboldened to commit sexual assaults without outcome".
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. She also did not file a no-contact order and claims she was not advised by the university's counselors of that option. It was a few days after the team lost to Duke in the Final Four. She accepted. He introduced her to teammates. There is no way of knowing because she didn't have a toxicology report done in time.
She was invited to an apartment by one of those players, according to the lawsuit, under the guise of a party. "There was no party" the lawsuit stated, "as few people were present".
When she arrived at the off-campus apartment, there was no party and her roommate was nowhere to be seen, according to the lawsuit.
"Plaintiff was feeling discombobulated". "I'm thinking to myself, 'If only you could look at them like I have to".
The alleged victim was able to make her way back to the living room, where she tried to load a song onto a laptop that was playing music, but could not because she could not use her hands properly.
The filing adds that at that point the lights were turned off and several players held her down while they took turns raping her. The alleged victim agreed and asked for water, as she was incredibly thirsty. The two other players, John Does 1 and 3, allegedly entered the room and took turns raping her as the others held her down. Instead, it is focused "with the way she was treated by the university", the student's attorney, Karen Truszkowski, tells ESPN's "Outside the Lines". The victim claims that since the rape in 2015 she has had to seek psychiatric help, change her major and live in fear of running into the three players on campus.
The staff went on to say that they had seen a lot of these cases with "guys with big names" and the best thing to do is to "just get yourself better".
"Plaintiff was expressly told by [counseling center] staff that 'if you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish, ' " the lawsuit alleges.
The woman said she was so discouraged that she decided not to report the rapes to law enforcement, the lawsuit said. She called a taxi and went to her dorm room, "distraught, traumatized, and crying".
Emily Guerrant, MSU's vice president and university spokesperson, said the university does not comment on pending litigation. The university provided no guidance beyond that. 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.
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.
The suit asks for an unspecified amount of money for damages and demands that MSU take steps to investigate and "prevent sex-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, in all its programs and activities".
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