ESPN is reporting today that officials at the University of Missouri failed to investigate claims made by swimmer Sasha Menu Courey that she was raped by members of the football team in 2010.
Menu Courey died in 2011 after ingesting 100 Tylenol, which has been officially declared a suicide.
ESPN describes a back-and-forth that they’ve had with various university officials over the matter, with the university saying that it did not become aware of the allegations until after Menu Corey’s death, and that they believe that they are honoring Menu Courey’s wishes by not investigating the matter, because she never reported the issue to police.
The matter that ESPN is specifically delving into is not whether or not the alleged rape occurred albeit an important piece of information. They are looking at whether there should have been an investigation into the allegations according to Title IX and other laws to determine if the rape actually happened.
ESPN looks into medical records and conversations with crisis counselors that Menu Courey had discussing her accusations.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines report is very thorough on the subject, and so we’ll direct to them for further details about the allegations. Read that report here.
See also the University of Missouri’s two responses to the investigation, including public posting of email correspondence with ESPN, to read the response from the University.