Missouri reports alleged rape of star swimmer

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Columbia, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Contrary to earlier reports, the University of Missouri declared that it turned over to municipal police names and information regarding the alleged rape of former Tigers swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who committed suicide in 2011.

In a statement, Missouri said its university police department acted Saturday night because of new names and information in the incident.

“It was determined that the alleged assault occurred off campus, and therefore lies within the jurisdiction of the Columbia Police Department. The university will assist CPD in any way possible as they conduct their investigation,” Missouri said in a statement.

Earlier, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” published a story detailing how the university had not told law enforcement officials about the alleged rape, possibly by one or more members of its football team, despite administrators finding out about the alleged 2010 incident more than a year ago.

According to OTL, Menu Courey divulged to others, including a rape crisis counselor and a campus therapist, that she was raped by a football player in February 2010. In the ensuing months, a campus nurse, two doctors and an athletic department administrator also learned of her ordeal.

Menu Courey committed suicide in June 2011, about 16 months after the alleged assault

The university only discovered the incident late 2012 after it found a December 2010 online chat transcript between Menu Courey and a rape crisis counselor that had been saved in the athlete’s university email folder.

The university claimed that it had not acted previously “because there was no complaint brought forward from the alleged victim or her parents, and there was otherwise insufficient information about the incident.”

“Privacy laws prohibited MU medical personnel from reporting anything Sasha might have shared with them about the alleged assault without her permission,” the university said in a statement.

However, under Title IX law enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, once a school knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual violence it must take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what happened. The law applies even after the death of an alleged victim.

Further, the federal Clery Act requires campus officials with responsibility for student or campus activities to report serious incidents of crime to police for investigation and possible inclusion in campus crime statistics.

OTL reported Friday that Menu Courey’s friend, former Missouri wide receiver Rolandis Woodland, said he has seen a videotape of the alleged incident that corroborates the basics of what she told medical officials, and that three other Missouri football players actually were involved.

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