Kansas subject of sexual assault lawsuit

The parents of a former Kansas student-athlete, Daisy Tackett, are alleging that their daughter was raped by a football player during her time at the university and are suing the school, according to reports from Sara Shepherd of The Lawrence Journal-World and Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News.

Per the stories, Tackett’s parents are suing Kansas because the university “is misleading the public by representing campus housing as safe” after their daughter was allegedly raped by a football player in 2014.

According to the stories Tackett, a former rower, attended an off-campus party early in her freshman year and sought to leave after other people’s drug use and rowdy behavior made her uncomfortable. At that point, the football player in question suggested they go back to his apartment to watch a movie. Tackett went with him to his apartment, where she was raped and forced to perform oral sex despite efforts to push her attacker off of her.

Tackett only came forward a year later because she heard that the player, who has remained anonymous and may not currently be on the team despite still being a student at Kansas, assaulted another female rower last fall.

“At first I was reluctant,” Tackett said. “Then I realized if he’s assaulted two people, he has assaulted more or will assault more if we don’t do anything about it.”

Tackett has since left Kansas after feeling “ostracized” following her coming forward and no matter how one spins this, it doesn’t look good for Kansas at all. The University of Tennessee is in the midst of a federal Title IX lawsuit in which several women that the administration turns a blind eye to sexual assault crimes committed by members of the football team and though Kansas’ football team isn’t as prominent as that of the Vols, the last thing it needs following a winless season is a class action lawsuit of this nature.

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