BC-BKC--Michigan St-Rape Lawsuit,1st Ld-Writethru
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after suing the school, alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what happened.
Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Kowalski came forward in a story published by The New York Times on Wednesday, saying she hopes other victims tell their stories. She’ll hold a news conference Thursday, the fourth anniversary of the alleged incident.
The woman and 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 raped.
A university spokeswoman declined to comment on the case but said the school takes sexual assault and Title IX situations “very seriously.”
The news conference comes amid the fallout from its response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.