09/15/2014 11:32 am ET Updated Sep 15, 2014

Students Sexually Assaulted In Florida May Have A Tough Time Getting A Police Investigation


After downing a double dose of NyQuil to fight a cold, the young woman woke in a man’s dormitory room with a vague memory of someone being on top of her, but no recollection of sexual contact. Three days later she found a condom in her vagina. She repeatedly confronted the man, who insisted that nothing had happened, and his roommate, who had told her he saw them having sex, then said he was joking.

“I was worried, and I was crying,” the woman, a Florida State University student, told the police. She went to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare for an examination, and to the university police, but they did not question the suspect or his roommate. Instead, they asked the woman if she wanted the suspect questioned; she never gave a “yes” or “no” answer, so they closed the case 18 days after her initial report.

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