Behind Her Smile - The Trauma of An Alleged Sexual Assault: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV904
Producing Agencies: CTV
Subject: Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2022
Running Time: 23:00
A former Boston College 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, a 25-year-old forward with the Boston Pride of the six-team Professional Hockey Federation, said that she was sexually assaulted following a party on Halloween in 2015.
Sullivan said she told teammates and school officials about what had happened during the weeks following her alleged rape. As Sullivan struggled to cope with the trauma, she began to self-medicate with alcohol and suffered from suicidal ideation.
As her health deteriorated and Sullivan chose to take a medical leave from Boston College, she said her hockey coaches directed her teammates to block her on social media, and drop her from group text messages. In 2017, when Sullivan said she was ready to return to campus and resume her hockey career, the school’s coaching staff kicked her off the team.
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