BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– We are now hearing from one of the women who made her name known through the explosive USA Today article accusing LSU of mishandling numerous sexual assault and harassment cases.
“I am fired up and I am not in any way shape or form planning on stopping,” Samantha Brennan said.
Brennan said she reached out to USA Today to tell her story on a national platform after seeing the publication’s report on rape allegations against former star LSU athlete Derrius Guice.
Brennan says telling her story is helping her heal from the traumatic experience she says she went through.
“I was just so embarrassed,” Brennan said.
Brennan says in 2016 she had been drinking at Bogie’s and ended up meeting Guice, The woman says later in the night Guice ended up at her apartment. “I drank way too much,” Brennan said. She said she doesn’t remember anything from that night but woke up naked in her bed the next morning.
Later that morning she said she got a text from Guice, asking if she had his wallet.
Brennan said her apartment was disheveled and she ended up finding Guice’s wallet in her couch.
“A couple weeks later one of my coworkers pulled me aside and told me there was a nude photo of me going around the football team,” Brennan said.
Brennan says she never gave consent to take the photo and Guice shared it with his team mates. At the time of the incident Brennan worked part-time for the LSU athletic department.
After reporting the incident she says LSU officials asked her what kind of action she wanted to pursue against the athlete.
“They shouldn’t put that amount of pressure on a young 19-year-old girl basically someone’s career and life is in their hands, They should have just done what they were legally obligated to do,” Brennan said.
LSU’s Title XI policy indicates victims of sexual harassment or assault can either file a complaint or launch a full investigation.
USA Today is reporting the policy requires campus officials to report the allegation to conduct an initial investigation. Brennan said the Title XI office never reached out to her.
“I remember Sharon Lewis asking me in her office that day if I wanted to do the traditional investigation or handle it behind closed doors and 19-year old, scared me said they can go ahead and do it behind closed doors but I didnt know what that meant,” Brennan said.
She said Lewis brought in “victim’s advocate” Miriam Segar to assist with the incident.
Brennan said she filed a police report but never filed charges.
Brennan says the entire situation took a toll on her mental health and she ultimately ended up leaving LSU.
“It became the Derrius Guice show,” Brennan said. “I really couldn’t just sit and allow 100,000 fans scream his name on Saturday night.”
Now Brennan is asking for transparency from LSU Interim President Tom Galligan because she says the University is refusing to hand over her police report.
“He is the one that is the record keeper, he is the one that is keeping me from my police report, So if he wants to help all of this first things first stop interrupting and produce the police report,” Brennan said.
Brennan says she has received an overwhelming amount of support after coming out with her story in the USA Today article.
When asked if she thought there were more women that walked around campus with a similar story they didn’t tell, she said “Yes, I have no doubt.” She says she will continue to fight for transparency and justice for the many woman whose cases were mishandled by the University.
LSU has not made any further comments about the article besides the statement below, released on Monday.
LSU Interim President released this statement:
Today, a news article portrayed LSU as an institution that is indifferent to allegations of abuse and sexual violence among students. Specifically, the article points to a number of allegations of misconduct from 2016 to 2018 that were allegedly ignored, dismissed outright or mishandled by coaches and university officials.
I want to assure you that LSU takes every report of sexual assault or violence seriously. We investigate them thoroughly, support victims sensitively, and hold offenders accountable. However, we are not perfect, and we can, and will, do better. A single instance of abuse or sexual violence is one too many.
We empathize with the victims featured in the article, and for that matter, all victims of abuse or any form of violence. No one should ever have to deal with the pain inflicted by another human being or a process that feels less than empathetic. We at LSU are committed to preventing all acts of violence and creating a safe learning and working environment for all members of our community. And while I’m confident in our people and our processes, we won’t be satisfied until we are living up to our own expectations every time, all the time.
To help us improve, we have retained Husch Blackwell, a renowned law firm with deep expertise in higher education, to conduct an independent, comprehensive review of our Title IX policies and procedures. We anticipate that they will wrap up their review in the spring.
If you are a victim of abuse and did not report the incident, or you reported it and believe it was not handled properly by anyone at LSU, please call our Title IX office at 225-578-3918. Any information you are willing to share, no matter how long ago the incident took place, is important. You have my word that we will respond promptly to any report of misconduct and investigate it in a manner that is fair and equitable to everyone involved.
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A USA Today investigation is delving into how LSU handled sexual misconduct complaints that involved students and athletes.
The report looks into cases involving Derrius Guice, Drake Davis and non-athletes.
Earlier this year, USA Today reported that Guice was accused of raping two former LSU students.
LSU released this statement:
“We are aware of the USA Today article and are reviewing the allegations. In the meantime, it’s important for us to emphasize that LSU does not tolerate sexual assault or any form of abuse. We are committed to responding promptly to any reports of misconduct, to investigating these reports in a manner that is fair and equitable, and to supporting the victims in every way we can. Putting an end to abuse and sexual assault is an institutional priority, and we are constantly working to achieve that goal.”
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