Almost two months after terrible tragedy, there is an ugly situation brewing on campus at Notre Dame.
On September first of this year, Elizabeth Seeberg, a 19-year-old freshman, reported to Notre Dame Campus Police that she had been sexually assaulted the day before by a Notre Dame football player.
Elizabeth did everything she could to follow the correct protocols after this terrible personal event. She told her friends and family about the assault. She wrote down what had happened in a hand-written statement. She sought treatment at a local hospital and consented to a DNA evidence kit. She reported the assault to Notre Dame campus police. She sought counseling
The alleged attack took place August 31
The accused attacker is still kitting up, playing football for Notre Dame. The accused played yesterday in the game against Army. Elizabeth Seeberg died September 10 of a suspected overdose of a drug prescribed to her for depression and anxiety.
What happened in the ten days between the alleged assault and Elizabeth’s death?
Until this weekend, there was no statement, no communication, no nothing from Notre Dame.
Furthermore, more than two months later, Notre Dame refuses to publicly acknowledge what actions university officials have taken to investigate her allegation. St. Joseph County Police Department officials have gone on record to say that Notre Dame campus authorities did not tell them about her report of a sexual attack nor did they refer the case to the county's special victims unit. A campus police log, which is probably going to be mentioned a lot in the coming weeks, shows the matter was assigned and then kept within the department.
Worryingly Notre Dame appears to be dangerously close to appearing to attempt a cover up.
Bear in mind the appropriate agencies are saying Notre Dame did not contact them at the time of the incident, and then read this from their official statement on the situation;
"We take our obligation seriously, we involve law enforcement officials as appropriate, and we act in accordance with the facts."