Woman sues Michigan State, says 3 basketball players raped her in 2015
Three unnamed Michigan State basketball players raped a female student in 2015, and the university coerced the woman not to report the incident, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday, cited by Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.
The suit says three players - identified only as John Doe 1, 2, and 3 - took the 18-year-old woman home after meeting in an East Lansing, Mich., bar on April 11, 2015 - one week after the Spartans had lost to Duke in the national semifinal in the Final Four.
According to the lawsuit, the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, reported the incident to a university counselor, who advised her it would not be in her "best interest to report the incident to law enforcement." She is now suing the school for how she says she was treated.
The three players are no longer at Michigan State, according to ESPN's Paula Lavigne.
The suit states that "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 university, the male athletics programs, and the male athletes at the expense of the female victims."
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