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Over one year after 21-year-old Megan Rondini committed suicide, a new report is giving insight into the abuse she experienced at the hands of the wealthy man who allegedly raped her and the police who covered it up.

When Rondini was found dead on Feb. 26, 2016, the only note she was accompanied by was an intake form for SMU’s mental health center, in which she revealed that she thought she was “better off dead” more than half of the time, and she listed her major life crises as “Raped, bullied by police, changed university,” according to a report from Buzzfeed.

Just one year before she ended her life, Rondini was attending the University of Alabama on an honors scholarship. She had a 3.8 GPA, she was part of a coveted MBA program, and she was working after class at a lab studying Alzheimer’s disease.

However, all of that changed in July 2015, when Rondini accepted a ride home from one of the wealthiest men in Tuscaloosa. T.J. Bunn Jr. or “Sweet T” is a member of the ST Bunn Construction family. His father and the owner of the company, Terry Bunn, is listed as one of the most influential men in Alabama, in addition to being an influential University of Alabama donor and supporter.”

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When Rondini reported her encounter with “Sweet T” to the police, she did so after escaping from his mansion, going to the hospital for a forensic exam, and then arriving at the police station in the middle of the night, according to the report from Buzzfeed.

“The 34-year-old later told authorities he offered 20-year-old Megan a ride home because he and a friend saw her leaving downtown Tuscaloosa alone. Megan couldn’t remember how she ended up in Sweet T’s white Mercedes on the way to his ornate mansion … But, Megan later told police, she was sober enough by the time he pointed her toward his bedroom to know she didn’t want to have sex with him—and, she said, Sweet T should’ve known it, too.”

Alabama’s rape law states that the victim must be an individual who “engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex by forcible compulsion,” or who is “incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.”

Buzzfeed reported that because the investigator who interviewed Rondini “quickly decided she hadn’t fought back against Bunn—she hadn’t ‘kicked him or hit him,’” the investigation concluded that “no rape occurred,” and the investigator then began “building a case against Megan, questioning her for multiple crimes she wasn’t even aware she had committed.”

“She did everything that she could to protect herself and to get help,” Megan’s father, Mike Rondini, told Buzzfeed. “She should have gotten that help, and she didn’t. That is a failure on everybody’s part.”

The report also noted that in Tuscaloosa, all sexual offense cases are handled by a multi-agency homicide department, and it is up to a grand jury to decide if the cases move forward.

However, according to the captain of Tuscaloosa’s homicide department, up to 50 percent of all reported sexual assaults are labeled “special inquiry,” which means that “the victim does not know what or if anything happened” and the investigators don’t think the accusations will result in criminal charges.

As of February, only 10 cases out of 98 sexual assault reports in 2016 were heard by a grand jury, and 12 out of 124 from 2015. (Those numbers don’t include a few dozen cases that are still pending.) The county district attorney’s office couldn’t say how many sexual assault cases in Tuscaloosa led to formal charges, because it did not begin using a computerized tracking program until late last year.”

Instead of taking her allegations seriously, investigators picked apart Rondini’s story. She claimed that after Bunn forced her to have sex with him, he passed out, and she couldn’t get out of his room. She said she tried to escape from the second-story window, but then couldn’t find her keys, and went on a frantic search that included taking a gun she found in Bunn’s car because she was leaving the house in the middle of the night, alone. The part about Rondini taking the gun was the part investigator Adam Jones seemed intent to focus on.

“Before I ask you any questions, you got any reasoning behind why you did what you did?” Jones said.

“What do you mean?” Rondini said.

“I just need you to tell me, once we get into the questioning, what your reasoning was about why you did these things,” he said.

“I was never going to hurt anybody with it,” Rondini said, crying. “I got it just to protect myself but I don’t eat meat, I could never kill anything, even if it came to that point I wouldn’t have been able to use it on a person.”

Eventually, Jones returned to Rondini’s rape allegations. “Based on your statements to me, you said that you never resisted him,” he said.

“I did resist him,” Rondini said, listing the ways she did, from repeatedly telling Bunn she wanted to leave to turning away when he kissed her. “I wanted to go home,” she said. “He didn’t take me home.”

“Look at it from my side,” Jones replied calmly. “You never kicked him or hit him or tried to resist him.”

Ultimately, with help from the Tuscaloosa police, Rondini never filed charges, and Bunn was never held accountable. Rondini left Tuscaloosa and transferred to SMU at the end of the fall 2015 semester, before taking her own life in early 2016.

Following the release of Buzzfeed’s report, the Bunn family was quick to release a statement, claiming that the report “distorted or disregarded matters of fact.”

“While a police investigation found no evidence of sexual assault, the young woman admitted to acts that subjected her to possible criminal prosecution,” the statement from the Bunn family said. “At one point, the young woman’s family took steps to bring civil action against various parties who are the targets of these unfounded accusations. Such action would undoubtedly include demands for financial compensation.”

The University of Alabama also released a statement, insisting that the recent news accounts “do not tell the full story.”

“Information published by news outlets this week has unfortunately ignored some significant facts,” the statement from UA said. “When Megan went to the hospital, a University advocate met her at the hospital to provide support and stayed with her throughout the examination process.”

The Rondini family’s lawyer, Leroy Maxwell Jr., told AL.com that the family is planning to file a federal Title IX complaint against the University of Alabama by the end of June.

“Megan was loved by everyone who came in contact with her.  Her loss is everyone’s loss,” Maxwell said. “Title IX, the University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s department and the overall judicial system in Tuscaloosa let her down on every level. Through litigation our firm is committed to doing everything in our power to shine a light on Tuscaloosa’s systemic problem with sexual assault.”

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    This Bunn is not so sweet. He needs putting on regulo 9 for about three hours.

    Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.

  • tz1

    Somehow “alleged” is missing here.
    Back in my parents and grandparents days you didn’t accept rides from strange men.
    But virginity was treasured.
    We now have the hookup culture where it is expected that college girls will seek out alphas and have many encounters before they get their degree and the bill for student loan debt.

    Consent regret, or rape? I’m not sure in this world. In Christendom, sex before marriage was forbidden to protect the women. But we are so much more “progressive now”, so women just take the pill and say yes until they say no and hope the legal system can sort things out.

    And those lovely rape shield laws passed when women were mostly virgins, but now are mostly sluts, so you can’t ask if the woman was a mormon or a slut.

    In 1955, I could assume any woman who accused someone of rape was a virgin preserving herself for marriage.

    In 2015, I can assume any woman is a slut, probably had dozens of “encounters” and the latest accusation of rape is because the man isn’t sufficiently alpha so it is regret, buyer’s remorse, not non-consent.

    Before I would have assumed the man was a predator and evil until proven otherwise. Now I have to assume he has seduced and the woman regrets what happens until proven otherwise. We call this “progress”.

    Her suicide is tragic. But voluntarism says prostitution should be legal, so “rape” is merely a theft of service as if the woman was a whore. You can’t have it both ways. Either sex is sacred so a violation is second only to murder, or sex is merely a commodity, so a rape is just some kind of theft.

    Decide which society you wish to live in. One where sex is sacred or merely a commodity. Then we can set proper laws and penalties for “rape”.

    • turnerdog56

      Fuck you you ignorant asshole.

    • FradyCat5

      Rape is assault. “But virginity was treasured.” Well, that’s what they told you to keep you from having sex before marriage. A lot of babies born at 7 or 8 mos. Again rape is assault.

      • tz1

        If Rape is a subset of assault (technically it is battery), then the charge should be assault, independent of the rape. Maybe we should get rid of “rape” altogether and just make it all battery
        Not that many shotgun weddings, and we handled single mothers much differently. In Detroit 80% are born out of wedlock (and there are lots of Abortion-murder clinics). Is Detroit some kind of paradise?
        You are trying to keep the Christendom abhorrence of rape while discarding its abhorrence of sex outside marriage. But that can’t work.
        When prostitution is legal, it then becomes theft of service.

        • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter

          Difference between you and a jihadi spewing Iman…. None.

        • Pam Martin

          I have very little to say to you compared to what I did want to say it’s women like you who claimed to represent Christian woman who would they make it so hard to be a Christian woman.
          How called and disgusted I am by you to even say you represent Christ really ?
          on how many different levels you are wrong. I’m from Detroit where is not at 80% unwed mother rate in Detroit. please get your facts right first and get your head right as a Christian. you’re condemning judgemental nature is horrible. the way you you think of women whatever their sexual escapades in their consentual life is their business. Will I minister to and try to talk to any young woman who’s having multiple sex partners of course I will.
          but she asked for a ride.
          she did nothing wrong.
          No woman deserves to be raped which means if she says no and doesn’t say anything else he is to stop that’s the law.
          I’ve taken rides from strangers many times does that mean if I get in the car with you I might as well open my legs? are you stupid?

    • Damiana

      Return of Kings called – they want their village idiot back!

    • Frank Underboob

      Fuck off, you evil MRA scumbag.

    • Madmotorman™ ® The Mad Hatter

      Hahahahahahahahahaha best idiot rant of the day.

    • tz1

      Addendum. All sucides are tragedies, and if there was harassment by the police – well, we have several stories of police abuse daily so it must be stopped.

      But in this day we have Emma Sulkowitz, aka “Mattress Girl” that never went to the police and destroyed her lover’s (see the texts) life. And Rolling Stone’s Jackie. And the Duke LaCrosse team.

      Or Jian Ghomeshi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfBl5uz5co which he was acquitted.

      I also mentioned earlier the 14 year old that was dragged into a restroom by two illegal aliens and there was blood but the prosecutor said it wasn’t rape and didn’t apparently warrant a post here. Or the 5 year old raped by refugee children in Idaho Falls.

      Or go back to 1991 and William Kennedy Smith’s rape trial http://www.encyclopedia.com/law/law-magazines/william-kennedy-smith-trial-1991

      (Then there’s Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick).

      Or even all of Bill Clinton’s rape victims like Juanita Broderick that NBC spiked the interview until after the impeachment trial. It was well known, but somehow the questionable testimony of Anita Hill about coarse words was disqualifying.

      Lefties don’t care when Lefties commit rape no matter how much. Maybe it has spread beyond lefties. Defining deviancy down? Own the consequences.

      • Pam Martin

        and the lacrosse team really? they admitted what they did they were rich and white their victim was not. Case Closed you’re delusional lady. May I suggest,
        a great therapist and lots of medication and prayer since you’re in Christian.

    • David Daisy May Boldock

      You’re Mother should have swallowed more.

      • Damiana

        Mother shouldn’t be capitalized unless you’re addressing a woman as such. Don’t be such a mother, Mother!

        • David Daisy May Boldock

          Mother Father Sister Brother should always be capitalised. But then again i do speak English haha

        • David Daisy May Boldock

          I know you are right in what you say but it is just me being respectful to Mothers etc by capitalising all the time. Were you taught over here because you are smarter than the average bear Boo Boo. 🙂

    • Just4You

      $20 says this dude would be first one with the torch & pitchfork if the guy was Muslim

      • tz1

        No, women are the ones inviting the rapefugees in. See what is happening in Sweden or Idaho Falls where the 5 year old was sexually assaulted by three muslim boys who seem to have got off without any serious penalty.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8iNJzy0e6w for the North Dakota version.
        While I can’t be sure of college girls and rich men I usually side with ordinary working women when Muslims decide to rape them.
        Do you even care about this woman from North Dakota who was raped?

    • JOIN THE 21ST CENTURY. Women are NO LONGER PROPERTY OF FATHERS BEFORE MARRIAGE & all your spewing is IGNOARANT & BACKWARDS CRAP designed to PROTECT PREDATORS–especially if they are WHITE & WEALTHY as this predator was. You obviously have NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN AT ALL & do NOT think we have a right to say NO.

      • tz1

        If you don’t want Fathers to protect their daughters, just say so.
        Predators exist and won’t disappear because you wish, nor will women develop the upper body strength and reaction time, no more than men will be able to bear babies.
        But a bunch of white women made false accusations of Rape, or where worse abuses (You didn’t comment on the 14 year old dragged into the restroom where there was blood but was apparently “not raped” by two illegal immigrants) are IGNORED.
        I have respect for reality and injustice.
        You have the right to say “no”, but if you say no while a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, or it is illegal aliens who cut it down, does it matter?
        The fully preemptive “virgin until marriage” “NO” is clear. The retroactive NO two weeks or even 7 months (Mattress Girl) after the event isn’t.

  • Seems to me she got suicided, like Gary Webb and a bunch of others the fatcat parasites wanted rid of.

  • junktex

    Laws are for the little people in Murrka

  • It’s no coincidence that the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a prosecutor in ALABAMA & has NO INTEREST in PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS of WOMEN & PEOPLE OF COLOR. This story tells you just how ROTTEN “Southern Law” remains.

  • crazytrain2

    I deal with quite a few cases where the victim’s story does not make much sense, and they wait a few days, if not longer to have a rape kit done, and some even have sex with their significant other or someone else right after, making evidence collection difficult.

    This girl did not do this. The “crime” she committed in relation to the firearm, does not indicate to me, that she intended to commit a crime, but was in fear. You don’t steal a gun, just to go straight to police and tell them “I stole a gun from the man that raped me.” She went to a hospital and had a kit done, went straight to police. I agree that she was let down by the system. I put more doubt on the reason being who the suspect was, because most cops don’t give a shit about that, the hire-ups may, but certainly not the beat cops.