Woman sues Oregon State, Mike Riley for ‘rape culture’

A former Oregon State student is suing the university and former Beavers and current Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley for what she is calling a “sexually violent culture.”

The lawsuit stems from an incident in 1999 where the woman claimed she was raped in an apartment that housed Oregon State football players.

SI.com broke the news of the lawsuit and it alleges that Riley failed “to correct a hostile and sexually violent culture among football players that contributed to her being raped,” according to​ The Oregonian.

The woman claims that she had consumed a spiked drink and was taken back to an apartment where football players were staying by a man who was said to be visiting the campus from out of town.

The women’s allegations come nearly a year after another woman claimed that two eventual Beaver football players raped her the year prior to this case.

She claimed that in 1998 she was raped by Calvin Carlyle and Jason Dandridge, who both became football players that season. Riley suspended them both for one game.

The lawsuit alleges that her attacker was the cousin of Carlyle.

Riley, who left Oregon State late last year, released a statement on the issue on Wednesday.

Statement from Nebraska coach Mike Riley, regarding a complaint dating back to an October 1999 incident. pic.twitter.com/kaN05cOSHI

— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 2, 2015

During the second alleged assault, Riley was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers after coaching the Beavers for two seasons. He was fired just three years later and return to Corvallis in 2002, where he remained until taking the Nebraska job in December.

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