A former Boston University hockey player alleges she was raped in 2015 by one of the school’s football players and that school officials failed to support her.
In an interview with W5, Tori Sullivan, 25-year-old Boston Pride forward of the six-team Professional Hockey League, said she was sexually assaulted after a party on Halloween 2015.
W5 knew the identity of Sullivan’s alleged attacker but did not report his name at her request.
Sullivan said she told teammates and school officials about what happened in the weeks following the alleged rape. As Sullivan struggled to cope with the trauma, she began to self-medicate with alcohol addiction and contemplated suicide.
When her health deteriorated and Sullivan chose to take a medical break from Boston College, she said her hockey coaches directed teammates to block her on social media and remove her. her from group text messages.
In 2017, when Sullivan said she was ready to go back to school and resume her hockey career, the school’s coaching staff kicked her off the team, she said.
“They threw me in the trash,” said Sullivan. “Throw me up and throw me away… I think they care about different things [rather] than a person’s life and their own. ”
Sullivan transferred to Northeastern University and played on two championship championship teams before turning pro hockey.
Boston College denied Sullivan’s allegations.
“Boston College treats all allegations of sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness and provides extensive care, support, resources, and legal options to all students. her,” wrote athletic director Jason Baum, associate athletic director of Boston College, in a statement to W5. “That standard is met in all cases and any insinuation that a student-athlete is not supported is untrue.”
Baum writes: “A student-athlete’s decision to transfer to another university was voluntary. “Despite these speculative accusations, we continue to wish her the best in her endeavours.”
Sullivan said she decided to go ahead and share her story after seeing an interview with former Chicago Blackhawks player Kyle Beach on TSN in October 2021.
“I was just like,” said Sullivan, “This is so similar and so horrible and heartbreaking. “You know, you have another hockey player going through a similar situation. This is a sign, you know, this is your invitation to tell your story.”
Sullivan recently filed a request for Boston College to probe how university staff handled her case. The school told Sullivan it would not open an investigation, in part because it was not likely to force the former football player or other witnesses to participate.