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Report of suicide, sexual assault points to Notre Dame

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10:53 AM ET 11.21 | A 19-year-old Northbrook woman died of an apparent suicide nine days after telling University of Notre Dame police that she had been sexually attacked by a football player in a dorm room, the Tribune has learned. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, a freshman at neighboring St. Mary's College who had battled depression, apparently overdosed on prescription medication in her own room during the third week of classes in September. The player, meanwhile, has remained on the field. More than two months later, Notre Dame refuses to publicly acknowledge the case, and what actions university officials have taken to investigate her allegation remain largely unknown. Campus authorities did not tell the St. Joseph County Police Department investigating Seeberg's death about her report of a sexual attack, county officials said. Nor did they refer the case to the county's special victims unit, which was established to handle sex offenses, according to prosecutors.

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November 21, 2010  10:59 AM ET

My sympathy! Perhaps she should have told the South Bend Police at the same time?

November 21, 2010  11:21 AM ET

when it rains it pours

November 21, 2010  11:24 AM ET

Shameful reaction for a university called 'Our Lady'.

November 21, 2010  11:33 AM ET

They didn't tell about the attack? I'm not sure...but are they allowed to without her consent?

The player is still playing??????? Nice job, ND> Way to be.

November 21, 2010  11:35 AM ET

Indiana might be the birthplace of a growing trend. Google "Muncie Central High School" rape in the news and you'll see what I mean. Same thing happening there.

Chivalry, respect, care for the delicate gender seems to be a thing of the past.

November 21, 2010  11:37 AM ET

I'm a Notre Dame fan, but this on top of the death of the videographer was probably too much for the administration to handle. I hope the facts prove otherwise, but right now ND seems to be on the cusp of scandal. A shame.

November 21, 2010  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Indiana might be the birthplace of a growing trend. Google "Muncie Central High School" rape in the news and you'll see what I mean. Same thing happening there.Chivalry, respect, care for the delicate gender seems to be a thing of the past.

As the father of two daughters and two granddaughters (shows my age), it just disgusts me when men do not respect the fairer sex. I will be the first to acknowledge that some women are suspect and not without fault. I still think we need to honor them regardless of any questionable actions on their part.

November 21, 2010  12:25 PM ET

Oh God! Please, no! Don't drop this on me now just when I was thinking things were getting better!

If this is true, how can I ever speak up for Notre Dame again?

November 21, 2010  12:28 PM ET

this is not going to end well

November 21, 2010  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Oh God! Please, no! Don't drop this on me now just when I was thinking things were getting better!If this is true, how can I ever speak up for Notre Dame again?

Goldrush, if true it is only an indictment of the individuals involved in hush, hush and not the entire Notre Dame family. I have friends that are golden domers and they are of the highest character and integrity.

November 21, 2010  12:31 PM ET

Damn! They're killing kids left and right in South Bend these days.

November 21, 2010  12:34 PM ET

It's sad to hear about this. I feel badly for the young lady and her family. What a horrific thing to go through. I hope a complete investigation is made, and if the perpetrator is found guilty, I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

November 21, 2010  12:40 PM ET

Seems in character for the holier-than-thou hypocrites in SB.

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November 21, 2010  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

As the father of two daughters and two granddaughters (shows my age), it just disgusts me when men do not respect the fairer sex. I will be the first to acknowledge that some women are suspect and not without fault. I still think we need to honor them regardless of any questionable actions on their part.

Absolutely concur. The administrators at Muncie Central High School are men. They failed to act -- permitted valuable evidence to be destroyed and obstructed local law enforcement efforts to get the story.

Seems as if Notre Dame administrators are engaged in similar conduct (note I said 'seems.'). Men still have a duty to protect women -- as you said, regardless of questionable actions.

I'm reminded once again of the terrible crimes perpetrated on a young lady at the University of Washington back in the '90s. Super NFL thug Jerramy Stevens raped a young lady put under the influence of drugs and alchohol (probably a date-rape drug). UW (yes, the whole University) and local authorities covered it up and refused to investigate/prosecute. Apparently, an out-of-court settlement was later reached.

This young lady will never have such an opportunity and folks are simply being too quiet about it.

November 21, 2010  12:57 PM ET

Except for having a talented team, ND acts like any other big NCAA college when it comes to protecting their athletes no matter WHAT they do.
This poor girl didn't even make it to September of her freshman year in college.
SHAME on ND!

November 21, 2010  12:57 PM ET

Sincere sympathy to the family on an unthinkable tragedy.

Shame on the TRIBUNE for a gross violation of privacy and sensationalism. This happened two months ago, and was handled by the letter of the law. No crime was committed. The young woman had a history of depression and anxiety. It is a shame no less.

November 21, 2010  12:59 PM ET

typical "who me?" cover-up, recent history tells us this is the way a cetain organization does things... very sad...

November 21, 2010  01:01 PM ET

This reads like dereliction of duty. No one turned this over to the crime unit that investigates sexual attacks. Someone should be at the very least out of a job and the school needs to come forth and tell the whole story and what is being done about it.

 
November 21, 2010  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Sincere sympathy to the family on an unthinkable tragedy.Shame on the TRIBUNE for a gross violation of privacy and sensationalism. This happened two months ago, and was handled by the letter of the law. No crime was committed. The young woman had a history of depression and anxiety. It is a shame no less.

So, then, would it be fair to say "Shame on T&R" for following the TRIBUNE's story and perpetuating the sensationalism.

And, thank you: Truly an unthinkable tragedy. Absolutely every parent's worst nightmare when sending their child off to college.

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