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Abby Honold, 21, has revealed new horrifying details about her rape at the hands of Daniel Drill-Mellum while they were both students at the University of Minnesota two years ago

A 21-year-old college student who was brutally raped during a tailgate party has revealed new horrifying details about the attack that left her covered in bruises. 

Abby Honold was a 19-year-old studying at the University of Minnesota when she met Daniel Drill-Mellum during a party before a football game in November 2014.

Drill-Mellum, at the time a 22-year-old member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the horrific attack

But it took Honold more than a year to bring him to justice, thanks to a set-up phone call and callous treatment from authorities that allowed Drill-Mellum to attack again

Just 30 minutes after they met, Drill-Mellum had set his sights on Honold - trying to get her to drink more alcohol. 

'He had noticed my water bottle was empty, he took it from me and threw it to the ground and said, "We better get more,'" Honold told Dr. Phil

'I told him "I've drank enough"', she said. 'I was starting to feel a lightheaded and a little too drunk.' 

Bur Drill-Mellum didn't back off, asking Honold if she would help him get some from his apartment across the street. 

Honold said that, right off the bat, there was something about Drill-Mellum didn't feel right.

'At first when he asked me, I didn't want to,' she said. 'It didn't feel safe going across the street with someone I didn't know.' 

But one of Honold's friends had told her Drill-Mellum was gay, and he had promised they'd be back at the party in two minutes.  

And yet that feeling only intensified when Honold walked into Drill-Mellum's apartment and saw two shot glasses in the kitchen, already filled up with clear liquid.

'I remember telling him that I didn't think I should drink anymore,' she said. 'I thought it was weird that he had alcohol out for me.' 

Things only got weirder as Drill-Mellum began going into the bedrooms. 

'He told me he was making sure nobody was there,' she said. 'And I got really afraid.' 

When Drill-Mellum returned from the kitchen he grabbed the shot glass and held it out to Honold. 

'I remember sort of walking back up towards the wall,' she said, 'saying "I don't want it, I don't want to drink anymore, I'm way too drunk.' 

That's when Honold briefly blacked out. The next thing she knew she was in Drill-Mellum's bedroom and he was 'very violently ripping my clothes off'

'By the time my memory came to, my overalls were already off,' she continued. 'He was pulling down my leggings and I was watching his fingernails make scratch marks.' 

He then shoved her down on the bed and ripped her shirt off over my head. That's when Honold tried to negotiate.

'My brain sort of kicked in and I thought, maybe I can do something to get out of here,' she said. 

'I said, "If you let me perform a lesser sexual act will you let me go back to the party, and he said yes.' 

Honold was flooded with relief, but it was brief. 

'And I thought "Okay, it's going to be horrible but I can just do this and he’ll let me leave.'"

'He only allowed that to continue for about 30 seconds before he grabbed me up and started raping me.'

Honold said Drill-Mellum laughed as he raped her. After the first incident, Honold tried to escape again, desperate to return to the safety of her friends.

But Drill-Mellum physically stopped her from leaving and raped her for a second time.

Honold was held in the apartment for about 40 minutes before her attacker let her go. She said Drill-Mellum became upset at her for crying.

She called the police and reported Drill-Mellum, who was arrested at his apartment. 

Honold was put in an ambulance with two male cops. She said police refused to let a friend go with her to the hospital and there were no female officers around. 

'I was hysterical in the ambulance,' she said. 'I was just terrified.' 

Honold said the two officers were making comments to each other about how drunk she was. 

'One of them looked at the other and rolled his eyes,' she said. 'I was mortified.' 

'I remember asking if I could call my mom, and that one of the officers said "No. This is pretty embarrassing for you. You can call her later.’” 

Honold said she was honest with the officers from the start, telling them she had offered to perform a lesser sexual act on Drill-Mellum so that he would let her go. 

'They responded to that with "Oh, so you went up there and did that with him."'

'They weren’t understanding that I had willingly gone up there to do anything sexual with him.'

Honold had suffered serious injuries in the attack. Part of her mouth was ripped open when Drill-Mellum stuck his fingers in her mouth.

A nurse who treated the junior in hospital said the injuries were some of the worst she had ever seen.

Shortly after, Honold received a phone call from two of Drill-Mellum's fraternity brothers, telling her he was a 'great kid' who has a 'lot going for him'.

What Honold didn't know was that they had placed her on speaker phone, hoping to record the moment they could 'trick' her into saying she has consensual sex with Drill-Mellum.   

The video of the call, obtained by the Star Tribune, lasts for more than five minutes. 

There are two men in the clip - one speaking to Honold and another stood beside him, at times whispering questions to put to the victim.

They initially appeared to be supportive of her, however the crucial moment of the call came when the unidentified speaker asked Honold if she and Drill-Mellum had 'consensual sex'. 

The man appears to have deliberately mumbled while asking the question, leading Honold to think he said: 'like actual sex'. 

She replied, 'yes'.

As a result of the video, Drill-Mellum was released two days after the incident. 

Sgt. Tom Stiller told Honold her attacker would not be charged. Stiller said it was because of the video, adding she was heard in it saying the sex was 'consensual'

'I thought that they must have edited it in some way, they must have doctored it,' Honold said. 'I thought, I would've never said that.' 

A detective also told Honold that he had footage of her walking into Drill-Mellum's apartment and that her smile 'looked consensual'. 

'I said, "What are you talking about? Do you have video of me leaving?'" she said. 

'He said it was time to move on with my life and forget about it. Which seemed impossible.' 

'It had only been four or five days and I felt like a completely different person.'  

Honold said she 'felt stupid' for falling for the trick, and for even speaking to her attacker's friends in the first place.

'I should've known that they were trying to help him, but I believed that they believed me,' she told

Meanwhile, one of the men on the call had been bragging to people about it. 

'He would say that he got Dan out of it and he was so smart, you know, the way that he did it,' she said. 

'I would just feel sick to my stomach. I couldn't believe they had done that so purposely, and it did derail my case.' 

It didn't get back on track until University of Minnesota Police Department officer Kevin Randolph heard the recording and knew he had to help.   

The officer had been sent a copy of the video by Amy Isenor, a lawyer with the Civil Society - a non-profit group that provides free advocacy for rape victims.

'That flipped my switch,' Randolph told the Star Tribune, saying he immediately knew Honold had been tricked.

'And when you flip my switch, I’m not going to stop until you’re sitting in front of a judge.'

Randolph reopened the investigation into Drill-Mellum and began to search for new evidence to bring charges against him. 

The officer then discovered that the mother of another student at the university had claimed her daughter was also raped by the college student.

The incident took place on Halloween 2014 - just weeks before Honold was attacked. The victim said he set upon her inside the laundry room of his fraternity house.

But, according to the Tribune, she was unwilling to come forward. As a result, a judge would still not allow new charges to be laid, saying a second accuser needed to be on record. 

Randolph was unable to find anything, meaning the case appeared to hit a dead-end - despite all that Honold had been through.

But then in late October 2015, almost a year to the day after Honold and the second woman were attacked, a third called Randolph

She told him she was attacked by Drill-Mellum in the summer of 2014.

The third woman was willing to come forward after seeing Drill-Mellum at a Halloween party at his frat house. She then called the student who was attacked the year before, and about two weeks later they had agreed to go on the record.

Honold received a call on Christmas Eve 2015 to find out Drill-Mellum had been arrested after flying in from Australia for his sister's wedding. 

'I felt a lot of things. I was overwhelmingly grateful that it had finally happened,' she told

'I felt validated because I knew that finally everyone would see what he had done to me and what kind of person he was.' 

After his arrest, Drill-Mellum first tried to fight the charges. But he had a change of heart and decided to plead guilty, and was booked for a sentencing hearing in August.

Honold went to the sentencing. She told about how she tried to block from her mind the fact she was going to be in the same room as her attacker again.

'When we got there, I got so nervous that I started shaking and hyperventilating. I was and still am very scared of him and what he's capable of, so the prospect of being in the same room as him was terrifying,' she said.

'Reading the impact statement, I completely broke down in tears for most of what I was reading, but I kept going. 

'I needed to get my side of the story out, especially for the family and friends that were still there supporting him.' 

Drill-Mellum was sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He told the court he was 'deeply sorry' for his crimes.

Honold said she would not have anything to say to him if she saw him again, instead offering a message to his victims. She believes there are dozens of them

'I support each one of his victims who has come forward to me, whether it was two years ago or today,' she said. 

'I support every victim of his who has not come forward because they are still too afraid.'

'I hope that he knows that he will never be able to get away with something like this again.' 

'He laughed while he was raping me': U of Minnesota student details brutal 2014 attack during tailgate party that led to year-long struggle to bring her attacker to justice ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES LIAM QUINN 8 November 2016

The Inquisitr-07 nov 2016

Ex student raped two women 1 settembre 2016

Almost a year before Victoria Hewlett was raped by fellow Utah State University student Jason Relopez, school officials were discussing an earlier sexual assault allegation made against him, according to court documents.
A lawsuit filed Monday claims five other women reported to school officials that they were sexually assaulted by Relopez, then a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, before Hewlett went to police.
But Relopez remained on campus until his arrest after Hewlett's rape in July 2015. The school then suspended him.

When Hewlett learned that USU knew at the time of her attack that Relopez was a potential danger, she felt betrayed, she told The Salt Lake Tribune. The lack of response, she said, showed that her "well-being as a student on campus" wasn't important.
Federal campus-safety guidelines state that if a school becomes aware of possible sexual violence, it must determine whether there is a continuing threat to the safety of campus and take immediate steps to address the situation.
Hewlett now is suing USU for not taking action and because, she said, university officials never offered her support services as required by federal law.
She's also suing the local chapter of Sigma ChiGamma Kappa — alleging that it was aware Relopez was a threat and did nothing about it. The national Sigma Chi corporation and the Gamma Kappa Alumni Foundation, which maintain control over the chapter's members and operations also are being sued.
The national Sigma Chi group declined to comment Monday because it is active litigation. Tim Vitale, Utah State spokesman, said "it would be inappropriate to comment about the allegations" because it has not been served a copy of the lawsuit. Gamma Kappa did not respond for comment Monday.
USU recently did an investigation into its handling of a set of sexual assault allegations made in 2015 against another student, Torrey Green, who last month was charged with six felonies in five attacks from 2013-2015. In the wake of that case, the school has made several changes to its confidentiality and amnesty policies, as well as orchestrated a campus education campaign about consent, among other things.
The Tribune generally does not name sexual assault victims, but Hewlett agreed to be identified.

'Why don't they care?' • In July 2015, Hewlett reported to police — and Kevin Webb, USU's Greek adviser — that Relopez raped her multiple times after a night of drinking at the Sigma Chi house that month.
As part of his plea deal, he was made to admit to raping Hewlett and another female USU student — referred to in documents as M.K. — who had reported him to the school in 2014, court documents state. In May, he was sentenced to a year in jail.
Documents state that USU officials spoke with Relopez in November 2014 about M.K.'s report, which was made to the school's Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) office.
M.K. was the fifth woman to report being sexually assaulted by Relopez to SAAVI, according to court documents.
Jenny Erazo, SAAVI coordinator, informed Webb in November 2014 that M.K., who was in a sorority, would not be attending the upcoming Greek Leadership Weekend because she had been raped.
Webb also was informed of the rape by a member of M.K.'s sorority, who said Relopez "had been verbally, emotionally and physically abusive towards other women" in the sorority, documents state.
Webb passed the sorority member's email along to Eric Olsen, the university's associate vice president for student affairs, and documents statto Krystin Deschamps, the university's student conduct coordinator. All three are being sued by Hewlett.
When Olsen, Deschamps and Webb met with Relopez on Nov. 7, 2014, about M.K.'s rape complaint, they informed him he was "on USU's radar" and that he would be expelled if they learned the allegations were true, according to the documents.
The lawsuit alleges USU officials did not take further action to investigate the multiple allegations against Relopez.
Under Title IX — a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education — school officials must "take immediate and appropriate steps" to investigate and address potential sexual violence.
Schools are also required to protect victims and eliminate the "hostile environment" created in the aftermath of an attack. A student who may have been the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to immediate services, such as housing changes and class adjustments or more lenient deadlines.
Hewlett told The Tribune she didn't know about Title IX's protections when the assault occurred. She said she was not offered services or informed about the campus disciplinary process.
She was not provided services "required under Title IX to allow her to continue her education at Utah State and to help her overcome the emotional trauma she experienced due to the rape," the documents state.
She never returned to the Logan campus and now is studying social work at Utah Valley University.
"I think, in the beginning, my feelings were hurt. I was like, 'why don't they care?' " Hewlett told The Tribune. "Then I realized it was their obligation" to do something.
Hewlett was 19 and had been drinking when Relopez raped her last year. The lawsuit alleges that USU has "substantial control" over the Greek community and knew that underage drinking was happening at fraternity houses, particularly after receiving in 2015 a sexual assault complaint against Ryan Wray, then-president of Pi Kappa Alpha, which is around the corner from Sigma Chi in Logan. Wray pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sex abuse and was sentenced last year to six months in jail.
USU failed to appropriately respond to the Wray complaint, the documents state.
Last year, both Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha were sanctioned by the student-run Greek Council amid the sexual assault cases against Relopez and Wray.
Hewlett is suing USU for violating Title IX and breach of contract related to the student code, which "contains the promise that defendant Utah State will properly and appropriately respond to reports of sexual assault, violence and harassment in order to ensure the safety of all students."
She's suing Webb, Olsen and Deschamps for violating her civil right to bodily integrity and to be free from sexual harassment.
'No one wants to speak out' • Hewlett's lawsuit also alleges Sigma Chi was aware that Relopez raped M.K. in 2014 and had been abusive toward other women.
"It was well known within the Sigma Chi fraternity that Relopez, though charismatic at times, was hot tempered, sexually aggressive and a threat to women," documents state.
In fall 2014, for example, M.K.'s friend informed the fraternity house's risk manager about her rape, but documents state Relopez was allowed to continuing living in the house.
Relopez was later elected risk manager for the fraternity, documents state, a position he held when he raped Hewlett almost a year later.
On the July 2015 night Hewlett was raped, documents state Hewlett went into Relopez's bedroom to find her cellphone. According to documents, he locked the bedroom door and became aggressive: slapping, choking and raping her.
At one point, Hewlett's friend — identified as O.S. in documents — pounded on the bedroom door to get Hewlett out. No one responded, so she asked several partygoers — and ultimately the fraternity's house manager — to open the door, documents claim.
The house manager refused to open the door, documents state, even though he had "knowledge that Relopez had sexually violent tendencies towards women."
The house manager said "Relopez had rented the room, so no one could ever enter without his permission," documents state.
Hewlett told The Tribune there is a "huge problem" with sexual assaults at fraternities that continue to be perpetuated "because no one wants to speak out and no one wants to be the person that gets a frat in trouble or stops a party from happening."
The lawsuit also alleges that the fraternity has to plan lawful events and "provide reasonably safe premises for such events" and if they had done so, Hewlett would not have been raped.
Sigma Chi did not check identification before allowing partygoers to consume alcohol, documents state, and underage guests "were invited to listen to music and illegally consume alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, in various bedrooms throughout the night," according to documents.
Hewlett is suing the fraternity defendants for negligence, premises liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress. She's suing the national Sigma Chi corporation and the Gamma Kappa Alumni Foundation for vicarious liability.
Hewlett is demanding a jury trial, where economic and non-economic damages will be determined. She's also suing for punitive damages.

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