Year in Life of Student Who Reported Sex Assault

October 28, 2011

A year after two female students at Marquette University said that they were sexually assaulted by athletes there, one of them gave an interview to The Chicago Tribune to discuss how the incident -- and her decision to report it -- have changed her life. In the last year, five Marquette athletes were accused of sexual assault by three female incidents, and while all have been punished in various ways by the university, they have all been permitted to continue to play on their teams. The various incidents -- in particular the one reported by the woman interviewed by the Tribune -- led to increased scrutiny of the way the university handled allegations athletes, and pledges of reforms. The woman talked about the experience of having her name leaked, of having athletes pressure her to take back her allegations and of losing many friends. "It was a traumatizing experience that I would not wish on my worst enemy," she said. "I realize that the majority of people this happens to don't do anything about it because they're scared.… But I wanted to do something so that maybe it would happen to one less girl and to let these guys know that they're not invincible."

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