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Sturminster Marshall is a village on the river Stour in Dorset. The village has a population of about 2,000 and there is evidence of activity here from as early as the Iron Age.

"Sturminstre" or Stourminster is mentioned in Domesday and takes its name from the river and the "Minster" church. The present Norman church is believed to be on the site of an earlier Saxon building. The church was heavily restored in the Victorian era. "Marshall" was added to the name after William Earl Marshal of England was given the manner of Sturminstre by King John in 1204.

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Silvana Moccia is not on a roster because she left school as a freshman in 2011. She cannot be found on the statistics page because she never appeared in a game. She does have a bio on the school's website, but the photo accompanying it, of what should be her face, is of the new UConn Husky logo.

Silvana Moccia and that's how her name was spelled in the lawsuit is the face of a deeply troubling epidemic in college athletics. There's no hiding from that truth: The NCAA has many issues, and chief among them is the rate at which sexual assaults are alleged.

The high profile lawsuit "Oxandrolone Powder India" against the school, Buy Anadrol Cheap asserting it mishandled sexual assault cases, was settled Friday. Moccia received $900,000 in exchange, basically, for her silence. The lawsuit states that "plaintiffs, individually and collectively, warrant, represent and covenant not to make any written or oral statements about UConn, or issue any written or oral communication about UConn, that disparages UConn, portrays UConn in a false light, or encourages others to disparage or portray UConn in a false light."

Some may insist this has little to do with sports. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. It's a review of the entire university, not its athletic department.

Yet here are the numbers in this lawsuit: Five women alleged UConn failed them, Buy Cheap Jintropin Online in some manner. Two of those women claimed to have been raped by UConn athletes.

Rose "Oxandrolone Powder India" Richi said she was raped by a football player in September 2011. Moccia said she was raped by a men's hockey player that August. The football player was exonerated by law enforcement and remained on the team. Richi asserted the UConn police conducted a shoddy investigation.

In the lawsuit Moccia joined this past December, here's how she outlines her brief experience at UConn: On Aug. 28, 2011, her third night on campus, she consumed "less than two shots" of alcohol at a party. She was driven to another party, and she felt her face going numb during the ride. Once she arrived, she could no longer walk and was carried into the house by her three friends.

Once there, she vomited in the bathroom. A male hockey player, unnamed in the lawsuit, told Moccia's friends to put her in his bed. She then lost consciousness. When she awoke, the male hockey player raped her.

On Sept. 9, 2011, Moccia called the UConn Women's Center to report the assault. Kathy Fischer, Associate Director of the center, referred Moccia to a rape crisis center for counseling and also offered to speak with her coach, Heather Linstad.

Moccia alleged that Fischer failed to advise her to contact the police. In its Feb. 3 response to the suit, UConn denied that allegation.

On that same day, Moccia met with team doctor Thomas Trojian, who had previously examined her knee. She told him she'd Deca Durabolin Que Es been raped. According to the lawsuit, Trojian told her he didn't want to know who the assaulter was, ´╗┐4-chlorodehydromethyltestosteron although he "could probably guess." He then mentioned transferring Deca Durabolin For Sale Canada as an "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" option for Moccia.

UConn denied those allegations in its Feb. 3 response, and Trojian did not respond to an email seeking comment Saturday.

On Sept. 12, 2011, Moccia met with Linstad, who was upset because the freshman goaltender had not disclosed her knee injury, according to the lawsuit, and because she had missed practices for being "sick" or "oversleeping." Moccia asserted that, due to the rape, Linstad did not think Moccia was "stable enough" to be on the team, an allegation UConn also denied.

Moccia claimed she was removed from the team and later received a tuition reimbursement. Linstad, who did not return a call seeking comment, resigned from her job in March 2013. Trojian is still employed by UConn. The case got to UConn's Director of Community Standards, Cathy Cocks, but never made it to the police, as far as the lawsuit indicates. The athletic department could not confirm or deny whether the accused assaulter remained on the men's hockey team.

This was a million dollar mess for UConn.

The broader issue has two layers. Sexual assaults among college athletes occur at a disturbing rate. According to the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, male student athletes comprise just 3.3 percent of the college population, but they represent 19 percent of sexual assault perpetrators.

The egos of college athletes not all, but some can spiral out of control. By nature, athletes are aggressive. And there's booze in college. Lots of it. And there are females consuming lots of booze, and there are females who enjoy being around famous athletes.

None of that will ever change. Not the drinking, which complicates the accounts of alleged sexual assaults, and not the status and entitlement college athletes attain. The cocktail for trouble will always exist.

UConn does take preventative measures. Its football team receives hours of education on harassment and assault through the UConn Women's Center. It's unclear if other teams take part in the same program.

The second layer of the problem, the manner in which these cases are sometimes handled, is the one that can be better controlled. Too often we hear of a school protecting its logo, not the victim. This past spring, two Oregon basketball players Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis appeared in an NCAA tournament game while they were being investigated for rape (they've both since been dismissed from school, but no charges were filed). Senator Claire McCaskill: Over 20 percent of universities give their athletic departments oversight of sexual violence cases involving athletes. This is a nationwide issue.

In Moccia's case, why didn't someone at UConn anyone! step in and say, "We'll let the police handle this"? I don't know. Maybe someone did, and the lawsuit omitted it.