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The woman who is accusing Derrick Rose of rape is now speaking out and has yet to tell her family what she’s going through.

“They have a sense something’s wrong, but there’s no way I can express to them or explain to them how I feel or what I’m going through,” the woman told The Associated Press. “Having to think of alternative ways to communicate that pain is very stressful and it takes a lot out of you.

The woman alleges Rose and two other men gang-raped her at her home in the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2013, forcing their way in after she drank so much she vomited and later blacked out. Rose and the defense claim she let them inside her apartment and willingly had sex.

“As soon as I woke up, I was dressed, I had my dress on from the previous night and I never go to sleep with what I’m wearing. I always prepare myself first to go to sleep,” the women said . “So I had the dress and it was up on my neck and I felt very wet and slippery. There was lubricant all over my bed and on my legs. Everything was tossed in my bed. There was a condom wrapper and a closed one not used.

“That was just shocking to see all that, almost like I didn’t want to believe it.”

Rose’s defense team said her roommate was home and nearby the entire night and never testified to being concerned her friend was in distress. Rose’s legal filings contend he and his friends had no idea the woman was severely drunk, and say she personally let them into the apartment and her bedroom.

Lawyers for Rose may also call a former co-worker who said the woman was bragging about having sex with the NBA star hours after the alleged rape.

“The salacious allegations of a woman who is now on a media tour — who also claims to not remember much from that night — do not change what transpired that evening, which was consensual intercourse between Mr. Rose and the plaintiff,” attorney Mark Baute wrote in a statement to the AP.

The woman in the case did not report the incident to police for 2 years and they determined there was not sufficient evidence to forward to the district attorney for possible prosecution.

Rose’s attorneys question why she didn’t immediately report the alleged rape to police or get examined at a hospital. They say she went to police only after she “failed at multiple attempts to get money from Mr. Rose.”

“I didn’t want to tell anyone what happened. I didn’t want nobody to know,” she said. “I wanted to erase the fact that I woke up the way I did. I only told him because it was almost necessary for me the way I walked in. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to do the job for that day.”

The woman believes she has been unfairly painted as promiscuous, disputing Rose’s side claiming she had sex with other NBA players.

Brandon Anand, one of her attorneys, said Rose’s legal team is using a “campaign of harassment” to try to intimidate her.

“It’s been that way from Day 1,” Anand said. “It’s been very aggressive. There have been threats to leak her name to the public, attempts to depose her parents, who they know very well have no knowledge of this.”

 

She says she’s telling her story now in hopes it will empower other women.

“I want to share my story so women can know that they are able to come forward and remain anonymous and not to have to have the burden or the worry that their loved ones will find out.”

She’s suing Rose for $21.5 million.

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