Baylor’s Football Team Faces Sexual Assault Allegations
When people in positions of power engage in sexual misconduct, especially with younger or more vulnerable people as victims, powerful institutions often bear part of the responsibility for facilitating the abuse. Miami sexual assault victim attorneys can provide help to those who have been harmed by abusive behavior in understanding their rights to bring a civil claim against institutions and individuals whose negligence made the sexual abuse possible.
Unfortunately, in many situations, organizations and institutions don’t just look the other way when it comes to sexual abuse, but they may actively be involved in hiding misconduct.
This has repeatedly occurred in sporting programs at major universities, including the football program at Penn State and the gymnastics program at Michigan State. CBS Sports also reports there is yet another ongoing sexual abuse scandal at a university that has a leading role in the college sports world. This time, the problem is at Baylor.
Another Sports-Related Sexual Assault Scandal
According to CBS Sports, there were numerous allegations of sexual assaults committed between 2012 and 2016 by members of the Baylor Bears football team. These allegations claimed that football players had engaged in the rape of female students as well as other sex offenses – and that administrators had looked the other way despite credible allegations that ultimately resulted in criminal charges.
The allegations prompted a nine-month investigation into the ways that Baylor handled accusations of sexual assault made against football players. Ultimately, 105 recommendations were made to improve the school’s response to assault allegations, which were subsequently adopted as mandates by the board of regents and the school’s interim president.
In response to the failure to address the sexual assault problems with football team members, Baylor sanctioned the former athletic director and placed him on probation as the news of the sexual misconduct and the program’s response to it came to light.
That former athletic director denied misconduct and claimed he was a scapegoat. He ultimately left the school in 2016 and he later became the athletic director at Liberty University. The Baylor University President also left the school as a result of the scandals, while the Title IX coordinator allegedly left her position because she claimed that she experienced resistance from the school’s board of advisors as she attempted to help the victims of sex abuse.
A source close to the investigation indicated that Baylor officials were concerned about the school’s continued membership in the Big 12 as the sexual assault incidents became public knowledge. The Big 12 did sanction Baylor by docking the program 25 percent of future revenue, pending a verification review. They have not yet reached a conclusion on any further discipline, but CBS Sports indicates that the Big 12 isn’t likely to move beyond the current sanctions that were put in place.
If you or someone you love is victimized by sexual abuse, you deserve justice. This includes not just justice within the criminal system, but also the chance to obtain monetary compensation for your losses from those responsible for your abuse. Miami sexual assault victim attorneys can help you take legal action, so contact an attorney for help as soon as possible.