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Sexual Assault Survivor Told ‘This Is Pretty Embarrassing For You’ By Police

Abby Honold Interview

Dr. Phil

Two years ago, while attending the University of Minnesota, Abby Honold was brutally raped by fraternity brother Daniel Drill-Mellum, whom she had met through mutual friends during a football tailgate party. After a long line of similar stories and rapists not getting the punishments they deserved, Daniel Drill-Mellum was one of the first to be sentenced to six years in prison for his crime.

According to police reports, Drill-Mellum assaulted multiple women in 2014, the first being Honald, whom he attacked in his apartment. After the assault took place, Honold told police that she tried to stop him while he pushed her against a wall, saying things like “I know you want this” and “You’re so turned on right now” before raping her. After two years of silence, Honold is opening up about the horrors she experienced that night.

In today’s exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Honold revealed that things started when Drill-Mellum asked her to go back to his apartment with him to get alcohol. While initially reluctant, Honold was told Drill-Mellum was gay and eventually went back to his place with him. Once there, things escalated.

“I got kind of a weird feeling as I started walking towards the kitchen because I saw that he had these two shot glasses that were filled up on the counter,” she explained. “And I remembered then telling him that I didn’t think I should drink anymore. And I thought it was weird that he had alcohol out for me. Then he started going into the bedroom and calling out, and he told me he was making sure nobody was there. And I got really afraid.”

She continued, “The next thing I remember, I was in his bedroom and he was very violently ripping my clothes off.” She then went on to explain that she tried to negotiate with Drill-Mellum so she wouldn’t be raped.

“I said, ‘if I perform a lesser sexual act, will you let me go back to the party?’ And he said ‘yes,'” she said. “And I felt this huge amount of relief and I thought ‘ok, it’s going to be horrible but I can do this and then he’ll let me leave.’… He only allowed that to go on for about 30 seconds before he grabbed me up and started raping me.”

Unfortunately Honold also had to endure scrutiny from police officers, explaining that she was “mortified” after the attack and even more so after she told male authorities about the attack.

“I remember asking if I could call my mom, and that one of the officers said ‘No. This is pretty embarrassing for you. You can call her later,’” she explained. “They were making comments to each other about how intoxicated I was. One of them looked at the other one and rolled his eyes. I was mortified.”

Honold says she later discovered that Drill-Mellum had inflicted between 50 and 60 lacerations during the attack. But despite overwhelming evidence, the case was temporarily derailed when Minneapolis police dropped the charges against him after hearing a phone call recording between Honold and two of Drill-Mellum’s fraternity brothers. According to Honold, she received a message on social media asking her to call a friend of his to discuss the event, and unknown to her at the time, they taped it.

“I received a phone call from the detective telling me that they were dropping charges because I had admitted that it was consensual,” Abby said, referring to the recording. “I thought they must have edited it in some way – they must have doctored it – I thought: ‘I would have never said that.’”

Luckily there was one officer who believed her enough to keep the case alive and eventually, other survivors came forward with their own stories against Drill-Mellum. He pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and apologized to his victims in a packed courtroom this September.

“I am deeply sorry,” he said. “No one should have to endure the trauma and harm I have caused you. … I have only begun to understand the impact I have had on you.” He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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