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Students sound off on new lawsuit against MSU

Posted at 9:01 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 12:32:16-04

Michigan State University students are speaking out on a lawsuit filed by one of their own.

The student is suing the university, claiming she was raped by three basketball players and when she to school counselors for help, they discouraged her from reporting it to police.

As FOX 47's Cryss Walker tells us, some students say they're not surprised.

A female student is taking her story to the courts, accusing the university of denying her of her Title IX rights and discouraging her from going to the police about an alleged rape committed by three MSU basketball players.

MSU students are sounding off about the latest scandal and some say student athletes are protected and victims are intimidated.

“This is a Big 10 school so you know there are a lot of prospects here, a lot of people looking to go into the draft”, said MSU student Sheridan Perry.

“I feel that because…like they have such a big future, they have a lot of promise that these students are handled, or these students are treated with some sort of privilege.”

An assumed privilege that leaves many students saying they've lost faith in how the university handles sexual assault.

“When I started out here, I did have confidence, but in light of recent events I would say that I've had a remarkably diminished view on how well our university's able to handle not only like cases of sexual assault on campus, but like cases of sexual assault just pertaining to our campus”, said student Jacob Hoffman.

Kai Brown, a student from Detroit, MI says she feels the same way.

“Well from the past few months, I don't have any confidence in the university”, said Brown.

“I have read many stories where many victims felt like they weren't protected.”

FOX 47 reached out to MSU administrators to see if they wanted to release a statement about the case but they said that they do not comment on pending litigation.

Right now the university is in mediation with more 250 women involved in a civil lawsuit in connection to the Larry Nassar scandal.