Baylor faces another Title IX lawsuit over alleged 2012 gang rape by football players
A former Baylor volleyball player filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school late Tuesday alleging she was gang raped by as many as eight football players, according to a filing obtained by the Waco Tribune.
The suit, which is the seventh Title IX lawsuit filed against the school, alleges as many as eight football players drugged and raped her in 2012. According to the lawsuit, the football team hazed freshman recruits by having them bring freshman females to parties to be drugged and gang raped.
“The gang rapes were considered a ‘bonding’ experience for the football players,” the suit claims.
The lawsuit also alleges that the rapes were videotaped and photographed and that there is a 21-second video of the assault that was circulated between the players. Baylor players also engaged in dog fighting and the victim’s dog was injured in a fight, the suit alleges.
In March, the school moved to dismiss a Title IX lawsuit that alleged 52 rapes were committed by 31 football players from 2011 to 2014.
“Baylor does not agree with or concede the accuracy of plaintiff’s 146-paragraph complaint and its immaterial and inflammatory assertions,” that motion said.
Baylor said after this latest filing that they have been in conversations with the victims lawyers to reach "an amicable resolution."
"Baylor has since initiated and structurally completed 105 wide-ranging recommendations in response to issues of sexual violence within our campus community, in addition to making changes within the university and athletics leadership and investing significantly in student support systems," a statement from the university said.
Baylor is also being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for their response to sexual assaults.
An outside investigation conducted by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton concluded that there were “institutional failures at every level” at Baylor in addressing sexual violence on campus. Pepper Hamilton is also being sued for negligence and defamation by a former athletics staffer following his firing after the report came out.
Head football coach Art Briles was fired, athletic director Ian McCaw was suspended and resigned, and other department employees were fired as a result of the Hamilton report.