Student says 2 Utah universities offered no support after she reported rape by a football player, lawsuit says

By: | December 22, 2021

Marissa Root first went to a Salt Lake County hospital, she said, to report that she had been raped by a college football player. Then she went to two Utah universities seeking support — only to be turned away by both.

She initially tried her school, Utah Valley University, where the staff said they couldn’t provide her resources because the alleged perpetrator wasn’t a student there, Root said. They recommended that she go instead to his school, the University of Utah.

At the U., staff said there was nothing they could do for her, either. They told her their obligation was instead to the player because he was their student, Root said, and never even asked for his name.

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