Twin Cities Sexual Assault Awareness Advocate Speaks About Lynch Allegation

January 05, 2018 10:19 PM

Abby Honold, who has championed sexual assault awareness in the Twin Cities, said she befriended the woman who made the complaint against the University of Minnesota Basketball star Reggie Lynch.

Honold told KSTP that the woman reached out to her in the fall of 2016 after Honold’s own experience about rape on campus became public.

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She said the woman was seeking support and guidance.

“There’s something really healing when hearing someone else talk about it,” she said.

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At one point, Honald said the woman did call the University police with the accusations, but Honold said, for reasons that remain unclear, the allegations never made it into an official report.

Fast forward to October of last year: Honold said her friend decided it was time to make an official complaint to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

“I'm incredibly proud of her and I’m really proud of how she is taking her boundaries with this," she said. "That she's deciding when and where she wants to report. I feel like a lot of survivors feel pressured to do things a certain way."

Honold was initially satisfied with the outcome of the EOAA report that resulted in Lynch’s suspension.

But the press conference with Athletic Director Mark Coyle changed her opinion.

It was there she learned the school would still allow Lynch to practice with the team while he appeals.

She also takes issue with Coyle’s account of his meeting with Honold. She said recently she met with him to talk about sexual harassment training for student athletes, and also brought up allegations against Lynch.
 

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