Why Wasn't Notre Dame This Concerned About a Real Girl?
School's handling of sex-assault cases comes under fire
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 6:24 PM CST
People walk in front of the Notre Dame administration building, known as the Golden Dome, Thursday, in South Bend, Indiana.   (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

(Newser) – Notre Dame is sticking by Manti Te'o, taking him at his word that he was a victim and not a perpetrator of the non-existent girlfriend hoax. The school promises its own investigation into this "cruel game." But where was this outrage, this determination to get to the truth, in the case of Lizzy Seeberg, wonders observers such as Amanda Marcotte at Slate, Irin Carmon at Salon, and Katie Rogers at the Guardian. Seeberg was a Notre Dame freshman who committed suicide after accusing a football player there of sexual assault. She had been warned by another player not to make trouble because "messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea," according to reporter Melinda Henneberger, who wrote about it in the Washington Post last month.

What's more, Henneberger says another girl got raped by a different player but declined to report it after receiving a "hailstorm" of threatening texts from his teammates. No player has been charged, and the school showed little interest in either case, she writes. Ditto for police and the media. "Notre Dame has already scheduled press conferences and hired an outside investigator to deal with the Te’o situation, two things that never happened for Seeberg," writes Marcotte at Slate. "Beautiful, selfless, perfect woman does not exist? Now that's a story. The horrors faced by women trying to find justice for sexual violence? Sorry, ladies, that's just boring old everyday life." Read her full post here.

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plattersby
Jan 18, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Why does anyone care AT ALL about the non-existent girlfriend story?????? Heck, why does anyone care at all about anything that happens at a school that continues to keep such close ties with as corrupt an organization as the Catholic Church?
wwwonderer
Jan 18, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Keep in mind a lot of people wanting to return to the *ahem* good, wholesome values of the 1950s are express for a society like this. Who thinks rape in the 1950s and prior was RARE? Who thinks women were taking seriously? Who thinks women weren't treated as objects? Who thinks the Catholic Church, who in 2011 said ordaining a woman is a CRIME against the church and we'll get back to on the pedophiles, was MORE open to womens' issues in the 1950s? Women. KNOW YOUR LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!! In all fairness Jesus more than likely has some ND players on his fantasy teams.
Tology
Jan 18, 2013 10:14 AM CST
I don't care about any of this stupidity.