|Mother of alleged Iowa victim releases letter|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 24 July 2008 09:13|
In a copyright story, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Thursday that the mother provided the newspaper with a copy of the letter dated May 16. It's the second letter written by the mother to the university and then sent to the newspaper.
The Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday ordered that an investigation into the university's response to the alleged attack be reopened because regents didn't know of the letters. Former football players Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield have been charged in the Oct. 14, 2007, assault at a residence hall and will go on trial Nov. 3.
The alleged victim is an athlete, and the latest letter accuses officials of not helping her in the face of harassment from teammates and football players.
``Shame on you for dropping this woman like a plague and turning your backs on her when she was determined to finish the race in spite of you,'' her mother wrote. ``Shame on you for not having enough spine or character to finish it with her.''
Neither the mother nor her daughter are named by the Press-Citizen because it's the newspaper's policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual assaults.
The letter singled out for criticism University of Iowa president Sally Mason and Phillip Jones, the vice president for student services.
The mother wrote that she spoke with Mason during Thanksgiving week, but the president told her she didn't deal with such issues.
When she spoke to Jones, the woman wrote he assured her daughter that school officials would stand behind her. Instead, the mother wrote his staff distanced themselves from her daughter, ``washing their hands of her as if she were a bad disease.''
For the rest of the school year, the mother wrote that her daughter endured harassment and taunts from members of the football team and her former teammates. The mother laid some of the blame for her treatment on her daughter's coach.
The letter redacted the coach's name and didn't identify the daughter's sport.
``She fought this battle alone, finished her year alone and left alone,'' the letter stated. ``Her purpose and determination called her to stay and fight against the call to bail and call it a day. She stayed the course and finished when not one of you cared what became of her.''
A telephone message seeking comment from university spokesman Steve Parrott wasn't immediately returned.