Baylor University Football Players Accused Of 52 Counts Of Sexual AssaultBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Baylor University was sued by one of its former students on Friday. The complainant claimed that she was sexually assaulted by football players last 2013. Dallas News reported that the Baylor University graduate's lawsuit also alleges that 31 football players committed at least 52 acts of sexual assault, which includes five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014. This figure is much more than what was previously revealed by school officials.
The woman, who used the pseudonym Elizabeth Doe, claimed that she was gang-raped by football players Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman. The incident reportedly happened after a party on Apr. 18, 2013.
Armstead and Chatman have been named as suspects in a police report for sexual assault with the same date. They were not charged, though. Doe, who graduated in 2014, is suing Baylor University for Title IX violations and negligence.
Interim university president David E. Garland said in a statement that assault involving members of the campus community is "reprehensible and inexcusable." John Clune, Doe's attorney, admitted that Baylor University did well in fixing its sexual assault problem but his client's case is one that needs to be filed since what happened back then was much worse than reported.
According to TMZ, Doe claimed that Armstead and Chatman went with her to her apartment since she was "very intoxicated." She had no idea how she got to her home and essentially said that she was "too drunk to give consent."
She also claimed that the school lured top football recruits to enroll with them by promising sex with white women. Apparently, an assistant coach asked a high school athlete once whether he liked "white women" because there are a lot at Baylor and "they love football players."
This is said to be a culture of sexual violence under former football coach Art Briles, called a "show 'em a good time" policy. This included bringing underage recruits to strip clubs and arranging for them to have sex with women.