Four players on the Purdue Boilermakers football team have been accused of sexual assault by two Purdue women. The women claim that they were assaulted at an off-campus house on October 13, the residence where the four players lived. Although this is just becoming news now, the two alleged victims claim that they reported the assault to the school and the West Lafayette Police Department the following day.
The problem? Well, the biggest problem is that there’s a chance that two women were sexually assaulted. The second biggest problem is that now the law firm representing these two women, Massillamany & Jeter LLP, is demanding that the four students are expelled from the school.
The four accused players (who have not yet been named) were, in fact, suspended from the team pending the formal hearing, but were allowed to attend class. But that’s not good enough for Massillamany & Jeter or their clients. They want them gone ASAP.
Massillamany is asking university administrators to expedite expulsion proceedings against those involved.
“School officials must move quickly to hold these players accountable for their actions and show these victims that their voices are being heard,” Massillamany stated in a release. “Purdue and other schools have an obligation to send a message that this type of activity will not be tolerated.”
According to Massillamany & Jeter LLP, some of the accused players have criminal records. One has been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury. A second player was previously charged with theft, and a third with possession of marijuana; both had their charges dismissed as part of a pre-trial diversion program.
I would first like to point out that rape or sexual assault is unacceptable and that anyone found guilty of it is the lowest of the low. Second, however, is that our nation’s justice system is built around the idea of innocent until proven guilty, which is apparently being ignored in this particular case. Due process isn’t something that’s just afforded to those of us who aren’t school athletes.