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New Baylor lawsuit alleges rape video, dog fighting

17 May 2017

The victim said she was raped by as many as eight Baylor football players on February 11, 2012.

An investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton found that 17 people had reported sexual or physical assault by 19 football players, including four gang rapes, since 2011.

A year ago, Baylor University's disgraced football coach Art Briles was sacked in the wake of the school's unconscionable sexual assault scandal.

The student said she also noticed that phone numbers belonging to two of the football players allegedly involved in the rape had been deleted from her phone.

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Two months later, the University broke ground on McLane Stadium.

Jane Doe alleged that Baylor officials urged her not to speak with reporters. The burglary was in April 2013, according to the plaintiff. The lawsuit claims that university staff and officials ignored the student's cries, and the cries of countless other women who also reported being raped by male athletes enrolled at the university.

Baylor has just been hit with yet another Title IX lawsuit, marking the seventh such lawsuit against the school.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims photographs and videos of semi-conscious girls were taken during multiple gang rapes and circulated by members of the Baylor football program.

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After the plaintiff, a Baylor volleyball player, and her parents told the head volleyball coach about the incident, her coach was said to have provided Briles with details of the incident and a list of the accused.

The woman says she confided in her coach, who contacted Baylor's football coach and athletic director at the time. In addition to compensatory damages for the alleged victim, the lawsuit seeks a judge to issue a mandatory injunction to make Baylor "more compliant" with Title IX, according to the plaintiff's attorney Mo Aziz. She said players sent several text messages to her in which they attempted to paint a completely different picture of what happened that night.

The University has previously stated it has made strides in addressing Title IX issues since previous year - including beefing up its Title IX office. But, a summarized findings of fact - typed on University letterhead - is available here.

In a statement to the Tribune, Baylor said it had been trying to reach a resolution with the woman who filed the latest lawsuit for "many months".

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The news comes five days after Baylor announced the "structural completion of the 105 recommendations related to the institution's response to sexual violence and implementation of best-practice governance policies and procedures".

New Baylor lawsuit alleges rape video, dog fighting