College Athletic Departments’ Role in Investigating Sexual Assaults

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The case of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received as much media attention for the manner in which it was handled as it did for the star player involved. Erica Kinsman met Winston at a nightclub in December 2012, and after doing a shot with the then freshman quarterback that she believes was spiked, she found herself in a cab going back to his apartment where the alleged rape occurred.

Kinsman and her father met with Tallahassee police about the incident, and were told, "This is a huge football town. You really should think long and hard if you want to press charges," according to the documentary "The Hunting Ground." No police action was taken over the next 10 months, as Kinsman not only received death threats, but was publicly ridiculed in the sports media, with some calling the allegations "terribly unfair" to Winston. 

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