EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after suing the school, alleging three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that counseling center staff discouraged her from reporting what happened.
Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Kowalski said Thursday she came forward because she’s “no longer afraid” and hopes to encourage other “silent survivors” to tell their stories. Kowalksi says she was inspired to go public after seeing victims of Larry Nassar speak out.
Kowalski and the players aren’t named in the lawsuit, which says she met the players at an East Lansing bar and was taken to an off-campus apartment where she was gang raped.
A university spokeswoman declined to comment on the case but said the school takes sexual assault and Title IX situations “very seriously.”