Rape Victim Commits Suicide After an Entire Town Sided With Her Rapist

Rape Victim Commits Suicide After an Entire Town Sided With Her Rapist

5 April 2018 0 By BrightChill

No matter the circumstances, when someone says they are raped, they should be taken seriously. But unfortunately, when 20-year-old Megan Rondini came to multiple people for help after she was raped, no one would listen. Instead, they sided with the man who raped her, 36-year-old TJ Bunn. Bunn’s family is influential in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Megan was raped, and because of this, he was able to get away with his disgusting crime. Sadly, Megan took her own life as a result.

Story. The incident happened in 2015 but has only now come to light after an article on Buzzfeed exposed the rape that the Bunn family so desperately tried to cover up. The detailed report exposed the family and told Megan’s story over a year after her death.

Honors. All her life, Megan was a do-gooder. She was studying Alzheimer’s disease and had scored an honors scholarship at the University of Alabama, where she moved to from her hometown in Texas. According to her parents, Megan had wanted to move out of her comfort zone, and the move was supposed to help her break out of her shell.

Meeting. During her time at UA, Megan joined a sorority and became close to her sorority sisters. It was with them that she first met TJ Bunn at a bar called the Innisfree Irish Pub. Megan had seen Bunn often because his family owned ST Bunn Construction, where he also worked. The site was located near the bar, and Bunn was an avid patron.

Wealth. The Bunn family are a very wealthy and well-known family in Tuscaloosa, where UA is located. Because of this, the Bunns know just about everyone— including law enforcement. The night that Megan and her friends were at the Innisfree Pub, Bunn introduced himself to the girls as “Sweet T.”

Blacked Out. That evening, Bunn claims to have offered Megan a ride home, but Megan had been blacked out and couldn’t remember accepting his offer. But the next thing she remembers is coming to in his car at around midnight. When she reported the rape, she told officers she only had five cups of beer, which in her past experience, wasn’t sufficient to get her to the point of being blacked out.

Afraid. Before she knew it, Megan and Bunn were inside his home. According to Buzzfeed, Megan was intimidated by Bunn after learning of his status and was afraid to do anything that would upset him. Too afraid that she didn’t voice her concerns when she came to in his car and realized he was drunk driving.

Rape. Once inside the home, Bunn instructed Megan to go to his room, where she purposely sat on his couch and not his bed. When he came back, Megan told him that she needed to leave. When she was interviewed by officers, Megan said Dunn insisted on keeping her there, and she “felt like just letting him have sex with me was the only way he would let me go.”

Escape. After Bunn fell asleep, Megan was able to sneak out his window. However, after climbing down, she discovered she didn’t have her keys and went to go check his car. There, she spotted a gun and Bunn’s wallet. She grabbed the gun for protection and $3 cash to take a cab.

Report. Megan and a friend went to the nearest hospital, where she reported the sexual assault. Afterwards, she went to the police to file the report. There, officers quickly turned things around on her—she’d become a suspect after admitting to taking the gun and the cash out of Bunn’s wallet.

Interrogation. When Bunn was brought in for an interview with his lawyer, one of the investigators said, “I’ll get y’all out of here,” which set the tone for how the rest of the supposed “interrogation” would take place. Officers were essentially taking Bunn’s side and reassured him no trouble would come his way.

Investigation. Bunn admitted to sleeping with Megan but called her “a very willing participant.” He also claimed that he and his friend had stopped by Megan’s apartment before going back to his home, a detail Megan maintained she didn’t remember. Through the entire investigation, Megan was falling deeper and deeper into a hole of depression. She was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and had to leave UA.

Bullied. Soon, the Rondini family was informed that Megan’s case was closed. Megan began to see a therapist, and tried to file a civil suit. But in return, the Bunns filed charges against her. The only way for her to avoid those charges was to drop her own case. Megan was being bullied by the Bunns, law enforcement, and was now being turned into a criminal.

Therapy. Despite seeing therapists, (one of whom refused to work with Megan because she knew the Bunn family), Megan couldn’t handle the pressure anymore. She’d transferred to Southern Methodist University in Texas but missed her old life. She filled out an intake form meant for her local mental health center that said at times she felt like she would be “better off dead.”

Suicide. On February 26, Megan hanged herself. She never turned the forms in and left no suicide note. “She did everything that she could to protect herself and to get help. She should have gotten that help, and she didn’t. That is a failure on everybody’s part,” said Megan’s father, Mike, as reported by Buzzfeed.

Victims. Since news of Megan’s assault came to light, the Bunn family has been quick to defend Bunn, and the University of Alabama released a statement spewing off reasons why they weren’t at fault for what happened. Yet there’s a bigger issue that seems to be constantly overlooked— that rape victims are being criminalized and bullied into not getting the help they deserve. If things were different, Megan might still be alive today.

Source : RebelCircus