UPDATE: Bailey Kowalski, the woman who filed a lawsuit against MSU alleging she was raped by three former Spartan basketball players, answered questions regarding that lawsuit.
Today marks the four-year anniversay of the assault.
She called on the university to change their approact to survivors and to ensure that all assault victims matter.
Kowalski said she went to the MSU counseling center after the attack and felt she was intimidated and was not provided resources she needed.
She claimed that she was warned at the time that she was “swimming with some big fish” if she went public.
She said her personality changed, becoming depressed and closed off.
In her 10-minute statement, and in questions afterward, she said she didn’t choose to become the person she has become because of the attack but she wants to be a voice for survivors who do not have a voice.
She did add that she, at this time, will not name her attackers.
During the news conference Kowalski’s attorney asked for privacy, adding that Kowalski had finally decided to let the public know about the burden she has been carrying for these past four years.
This story will continue to develop and will be updated online and on 6 News.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Michigan State University student is speaking publicly a year after filing a lawsuit against the school alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged by counseling center staff from reporting what happened.
Bailey Kowalski, 22, came forward in a story published by The New York Times Wednesday, saying she hopes other victims tell their stories. She will hold a news conference Thursday, the fourth anniversary of the alleged incident.
The woman and players aren’t named in the suit .
It says she met them at an East Lansing bar and was taken to an off-campus apartment where they raped her.
A university spokeswoman declined to comment on the case but said the school takes sexual assault and Title IX situations “very seriously.”