The family of a rape victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after their daughter committed suicide. According to CBS News, the family of Megan Rondini believe that her former college, the University of Alabama, and local authorities mishandled their daughter's case. They also believe that her alleged attacker evaded prosecution because he comes from a prominent family.
In July 2015, 20-year-old Rondini reported her rape, hours after the alleged incident. "I had already said like I needed to leave, and he just wasn't really responding to that," she said in her interrogation. She told officials that she accidentally fired her attacker's gun to protect herself and took $3 from his wallet to pay for cab fare.
According to Rondini's parents, their daughter told them the authorities didn't believe her. "She's like, 'Mom, they think it's my fault,'" mother Cindy Rondini said. "Like, 'It's not your fault baby, it's not.'"
The man Rondini accused of attacking her, Terry Bunn Jr., was questioned but it appeared as if investigators were siding with him. "I appreciate y'all's professionalism. And I appreciate the way y'all have handled this," he said to the investigators. "If it was me on the other side, I'd want to do the same thing for me," one responded.
Bunn, who comes from a well known local family, was not indicted. He maintained that the sex was consensual.
Rondini tried to seek help but her family believes that the University of Alabama did not offer adequate counseling services. They say she suffered depression, anxiety and PTSD. She transferred to a college in Texas in February 2016 and that's where she hung herself.
The Rondinis say that any money they acquire from the lawsuit will be donated to groups to support rape victims. Bunn's lawyer maintains his client's innocence. The University of Alabama believes that school officials "handled their responsibilities with care at all times keeping Megan's wellbeing as their absolute highest priority."