Five college football players have reportedly been accused of sexual assault.
According to a report out of California, five San Diego State University football players have been accused of raping a woman, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
The alleged incident took place on Oct. 16, when the five players allegedly raped an unconscious girl and left her “bloodied and bruised.”
Two athletes sent messages through the anonymous reporting system, which was reviewed by SDSU’s executive associate athletic director and deputy Title IX coordinator, per The Times.
“99% of the football players are aware of the 5-person rape so the rest of the student-athletes are left wondering why nothing is being done,” the student said, according to records obtained by The Times. They added, “Every person in authority here at SDSU needs to be aware of this, including [San Diego State President] Adela de la Torre.”
More than seven months after the alleged incident took place, school officials have yet to launch an internal investigation or student disciplinary proceeding, per The Times.
Students and student-athletes say they were aware of the allegations.
“Every single day we were just waiting for something to come up or for the school to say something, or for us to hear anything about it besides just within each other and the fact that just nothing happened and nothing came up and we never heard from the school,” said Delaney Fields who is a senior on the track team.
SDPD told NBC 7 in a statement:
“We understand that the nature of the alleged crime has raised concerns, especially in a tight-knit college community. Since taking the initial report in October, San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes investigators have made this case a priority and have been diligent in pursuing leads and conducting interviews. We continue to use all tools at our disposal to ensure this investigation is comprehensive. The investigation itself is complicated and ongoing. We appreciate the community’s understanding that these investigations take time. Revealing any information prematurely would not only compromise the integrity of the case but could be damaging to anyone directly involved with the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call SDPD. They can also contact Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous.”