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Herchel
11-26-2015, 04:45 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/25390551/ex-fsu-official-football-players-got-special-treatment-in-sex-assault-cases

Ex-FSU official: Football players got special treatment in sex assault cases

The former director of Florida State's Victim Advocate Office said in a deposition obtained by the Associated Press and New York Times that Seminoles football players received special treatment and her office had seen nearly 40 football players accused of either sexual assault or "intimate partner" violence over the last nine years.

There have been 20 victims who alleged sexual assault by FSU football players over the last nine years, according to the June deposition from former director Melissa Ashton, who said most of those victims ultimately declined to press student conduct charges on the players based on a fear of retaliation. Ashton said she could only recall one of the 40 players being found responsible, according to the Times.

Ashton believes that football players got special treatment during the original investigations, in part by those investigating the allegations allowing the players to reach out to “an athletic department official who helps them get access to outside lawyers,” according to the AP.

Football coach Jimbo Fisher was also questioned as part of the proceedings. His 5 1/2-hour deposition included an admission that he was unaware of specific university policy regarding student conduct and sexual assault in 2012-13.

Despite being forced by a judge in October to release deposition transcripts that the school tried to block from becoming public, FSU still redacted a significant amount of material from those transcripts, according to the AP, “contending they are education records exempt from Florida's public records law.”

Ashton provided her deposition as part of former student Erica Kinsman's civil lawsuit against Florida State for the school allegedly failing to properly respond to sexual assault allegations Kinsman made against Jameis Winston. Kinsman is involved in federal lawsuits against FSU and Winston, and she was also part of a documentary in which she uses her name to tell her story.

GatorMan32
11-26-2015, 05:21 PM
No comment...

lbzdually
11-27-2015, 03:10 PM
FSU, Forced Sex U, or Felonious Sex U.

Just Some Hog Dude
11-27-2015, 04:06 PM
I wouldn't be surprised is this happens a lot at other schools too. Surely there is not special rape juice in the Tallahassee drinking water.

Bama_Man
11-27-2015, 04:16 PM
If all the athletic department did was refer a lawyer, this is not an indictment of anything but the criminal justice system that rewards those that can afford high-priced lawyers.

MKfromPA
11-28-2015, 09:55 AM
This is disgusting, that is all I have to say. :facepalm:

ugabrad
11-28-2015, 11:46 AM
If all the athletic department did was refer a lawyer, this is not an indictment of anything but the criminal justice system that rewards those that can afford high-priced lawyers.

Does the university provide an "official who helps them get access to outside lawyers" to all students accused of crimes? If not, then isn't this an impermissible benefit?

lbzdually
11-28-2015, 01:33 PM
Does the university provide an "official who helps them get access to outside lawyers" to all students accused of crimes? If not, then isn't this an impermissible benefit?

Exactly! Not only did they provide lawyers, students were intimidated to not press on during the legal process. Best thing for female students is to not go out with football players.

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