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Rape survivor talks to Huskers football team, coach

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 21:03:01-04

Members of the Husker football team received an important off-the-field lesson Wednesday.

Rape survivor Brenda Tracy spoke to the team.

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Huskers Coach Mike Riley invited Tracy to talk to the team about the 1998 sexual assault.

Four men,  two of whom played for Riley at Oregon State attacked her.

For years, Tracy criticized Riley's handling of the situation, believing he turned a blind eye.

Tracy told KMTV she hopes the meeting will promote understanding about rape cases  and what players can do to prevent them.

Riley released this statement following their meeting:

“As part of our ongoing educational efforts, I invited Brenda Tracy to Lincoln, to share her experiences with the young men in our program.

Brenda has suffered immeasurable pain and has shown the strength and willingness to share her story. Her story today was powerful and I know that it left an indelible imprint on our student-athletes, staff, and myself. “Sexual assault and harassment are serious issues on campuses across America.

We try to recruit young men of character with core values, and once they are here, we educate them on making good decisions and treating all people with the utmost of respect.

Prior to speaking with the team, Brenda and I had a chance to meet at length. I expressed my sincere gratitude for her willingness to come and I offered my support in her efforts to impact others around the country.

Out of respect to Brenda, I will not share details of our conversation but I hope to have the opportunity to continue our dialogue.

This has been an important day for me and for our football program and we must keep the focus on the victims, and on preventing inexcusable acts in the future.”