Swimmer's death casts light on campus sex assaults

By By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The case of a former University of Missouri swimmer who claimed she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide underscores the problems higher education institutions in the U.S. face in cracking down on sexual assaults.

Sasha Menu Courey's parents say the university and its athletics department didn't investigate her alleged off-campus rape in 2010, even after the swimmer killed herself 16 months later.

University leaders say they followed the letter of the law, still didn't have enough details about the attack and didn't receive cooperation from the parents.

Schools nationwide are spending more time and money fighting campus rape amid stricter federal requirements and a new initiative announced last week by President Barack Obama, who has called it a public health epidemic.

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