‘I Wanted to Die’: Woman Recounts Alleged Sex Assault by Indiana University Football Player Morgan Ellison

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An Indiana University student told IndyStar she woke up with football player Morgan Ellison on top of her.

“It hurt so much and when I woke up I was like ‘stop stop’ and he wouldn’t stop,” she texted a friend almost immediately after Ellison left her bedroom, according to records obtained by the IndyStar.

The woman said one of her roommates was friends with Ellison and had allowed him to stay the night in their off-campus apartment.

“I was trying to push him off and he just kept going ‘shh shh’,” the student said in another text sent shortly after the alleged assault.

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The young woman, whom IndyStar is not identifying, reported the allegations to the university, which investigated them.

Ellison declined comment Thursday and could not be reached for comment Friday. University records indicate that he has said all of the sexual activities that occurred were consensual.

But an Indiana University sexual misconduct hearing panel disagreed, concluding that “the aggravating factor of (Ellison) engaging in sexual activity while Complainant was asleep, and (Ellison)’s use of force during the incident” led to the determination that Ellison should be suspended from Indiana University for 2 1/2 years, according to records obtained by IndyStar.

The panel’s determination also requires Ellison to undergo counseling and specifies that he is not to set foot on any IU campus during his suspension. He also is prohibited from having contact with the student he is accused of assaulting.

Ellison has filed an appeal of that panel’s ruling. He has not been charged with a crime and is not under investigation by police.

In multiple conversations, and through the records obtained by IndyStar, the young woman described feelings of terror, helplessness, confusion and shame in the moments and days afterward. She said she is afraid to go out alone and afraid to be in her bedroom by herself.

Her room became a prison instead of a sanctuary.

In a statement to the university’s sexual misconduct panel last month, the woman said she reported the incident to the university because she didn’t want it to happen to someone else.

“I am not here today for me, and I am not here for him,” she said. “Whatever outcome of this hearing, it will give me no satisfaction because I will continue to suffer for years, until I can comprehend what was done to me. However, I have the duty to ensure this does not happen to another woman, and that is why I am here.”

Immediately after the alleged assault, the student sent a series of text messages to her friends to ask for help and to find somewhere else to stay. She said no one was awake. But the student said she also feared he might hear her leave.

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SOURCE: USA Today – Ryan Dice