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Nasiru Seidu, 39, the man charged with assaulting Barney, told police the sex was consensual and shared the police report with a Utah County sheriff’s deputy and former BYU track coach, who then gave it to college officials, according to court records.
The deputy and Seidu were charged with witness retaliation, but the charges were later dropped. BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said the school’s overriding concern is protecting students, especially victims: “When a student reports a sexual assault, the primary focus is on the victim’s safety and well-being.…
Suddenly, Mac Donald said she felt like a suspect.“At BYU, everybody feels like it’s so safe. “To acknowledge that I’m telling the truth requires admitting it’s not that safe.”Mac Donald, now a junior, is among several women calling for greater protections for sexual assault victims at BYU — including amnesty from potential honor code violations.
A growing number of women say such policies are discouraging reports of sexual assault because they place women in jeopardy of expulsion or other academic punitive measures.
The Seattle 19-year-old had met a man through the online dating site Tinder.
He said he was Mormon, which put Mac Donald at ease, and she agreed to meet him for hot chocolate. Instead, the man drove her up into the mountains, and there, she says, he molested her.
Campus officials opened a sexual assault investigation.
But they were acquired from the report about the rape,” said Barney's attorney, Liesel Le Cates.
“They're putting the whole entire community at risk by deterring rape reporting.”Mac Donald said that when she first reported the alleged sexual assault, she was directed to the school’s Title IX office.