A new federal lawsuit against Baylor University accuses football players of drugging and gang-raping young women as part of a hazing or bonding ritual — and the university of failing to investigate the pervasive sexual assault.
The players often took photographs and videos as they carried out the gang rapes, the suit alleges. It was filed by “Jane Doe,” who says she was raped by four to eight Baylor players in February 2012. Her Title IX suit says the school’s “deliberately indifferent response” effectively denied her educational opportunities.
The alleged assaults and other criminal activities took place during former head football coach Art Briles’ tenure at the school in Waco, Texas.
Briles and former university President Ken Starr were both removed from their posts last year after a wave of sexual assault allegations against Baylor players.
The school’s regents said last May they were “horrified,” “shocked” and “outraged” to learn about the sexual violence that was happening on campus — and the “mishandling of reports” by the university.
The regents later described the football program under Briles as “a black hole into which reports of misconduct such as drug use, physical assault, domestic violence, brandishing of guns, indecent exposure and academic fraud disappeared.”
Earlier this year, a lawsuit by “Elizabeth Doe” alleged that she had been gang-raped by Baylor players in 2014. She said at least 52 rapes and at least five gang rapes were carried out by more than 30 Baylor players.
The new lawsuit references many of the already public allegations and includes nine pages describing reports, arrests and convictions related to Baylor athletes.
Sex was part of Baylor recruiting efforts, the suit alleges: Players escorted underage recruits to strip clubs, and coaching staff “arranged for women to have sex with recruits on their official campus visits.” A “hostess” program was unofficially used to promise sex to new recruits.
The suit also describes a culture of sexual assault woven into hazing rituals:
“Upon information and belief, prior to Plaintiff’s arrival at Baylor, members of the Baylor football team had already developed a system of hazing their freshman recruits by having them bring or invite freshman females to house parties hosted by members of the football team. At these parties, the girls would be drugged and gang raped, or in the words of the football players, ‘trains’ would be run on the girls.
“The gang rapes were considered a ‘bonding’ experience for the football players.
“Photographs and videotapes of the semi-conscious girls would be taken during the gang rapes and circulated amongst the football players. Based upon investigation, Plaintiff has confirmed that at least one, 21-second videotape of two female Baylor students being gang raped by several Baylor football players was circulated amongst football players.
“Baylor football parties would also feature dog fighting. In at least one of the matches, a dog was seriously injured and almost died.
“Simply put, Baylor football under Briles had run wild, in more ways than one, and Baylor was doing nothing to stop it.”
The lawsuit alleges that Jane Doe was carried into an apartment, raped by a series of men while she was unable to move and then subjected to “verbal abuse and public humiliation” by players.
“One football player told Plaintiff that it was consensual and that she ‘wanted it,’ ” the suit states. “That same football player also taunted Plaintiff with claims that a Baylor football player had taken nude photographs of Plaintiff and other Baylor football players during the gang rape.”
Jane Doe’s mother gave an assistant football coach a list of names of people allegedly involved in the assault and asked what Baylor could do about it. According to the suit, after the players said they were “fooling around” with Jane Doe and called it “a little bit of playtime,” the assistant football coach decided it was a “gray area.”
The suit says Baylor officials misled Doe’s family and manipulated it into not reporting the assault beyond the athletics department.
Baylor said in a statement that it “maintains its ability to present facts” in response to the allegations.
“The University’s response in no way changes Baylor’s position that any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable,” the school said.
The Rehabilitation of Joe Paterno, Back at No. 1
N.C.A.A. Reaches Deal to Restore Wins for Joe Paterno and Penn State
Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
Naming Paterno, former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a university vice president once in charge of the campus police, Freeh said they “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”
“Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University . . . repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large,” Freeh said.
LOOK who are the “Board of Directors” for Second Mile Foundation – that Sandusky formed. But don’t expect to find it on their website now. They have taken down the board of directors page, click this link and you will see what you get now.
BUT generation sports had gotten the list before they took it down.
Read the who’s who of Sandusky‘s Honorary board of directors.
John R. Cappelletti – Retired PSU & NFL Football Player, Heisman Trophy Winner
R. R. M. Carpenter, III – Former Owner, Philadelphia Phillies
James E. Ford – Retired Vice President, Kmart
William A. Gettig – President, Gettig Technologies, Inc.
Jack Ham – Retired NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall of Fame
Franco Harris – Retired NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall of Fame
Lou Holtz – Retired Football Coach, Sportscaster, and Motivational Speaker
Dr. Bryce Jordan – Retired, Penn State University President
Willi Maier – President, Omni Plastics, Inc.
Matt Millen – ESPN Football Analyst
Arnold D. Palmer – President, Arnold Palmer Enterprises
Joseph V. Paterno – Head Football Coach, Penn State University
Andy Reid – Head Football Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
Dr. John Reidell – General Surgeon, Past Second Mile Board President
Cal Ripken, Jr. – Former ML Baseball Shortstop, President & CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc.
Dominic Toscani – Owner & President, Paris Business Forms
Richard Vermeil – Retired NFL Head Coach, (Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles)
Mark Wahlberg – Actor, Rapper, and Film & TV Producer
Verne Willaman – Retired Chairman and President, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.
Quentin Wood – Retired Chairman and CEO, Quaker State Oil Refining Corp.
Richard A. Zimmerman – Retired Chairman of the Board, Hershey Foods
Now the question is… how many of them are involved or knew it was going on, in the raping of children?
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Over the past 30 years, politicians, sports stars and community leaders heaped praise on Jerry Sandusky and the charity he founded for troubled youngsters, The Second Mile. It was a model program, and the acclaimed football coach was its driving force.
Now, prosecutors say that very success enabled Sandusky to find boys and sexually assault them. Sandusky “covered himself by being so beloved that nobody would think he would do something as awful as this,” Gelles said.
The mother of one alleged victim told the Centre Daily Times that that disconnect enraged her. “I just lived with this for so long, and it killed me when people talked about him like he was a god, and I knew he was a monster,” said the woman, whose name has not been released.
The very success of The Second Mile meant there was plenty of money for Sandusky to lavish on boys. A review of tax forms filed by The Second Mile shows that out of almost $3.3 million in revenue during the 2008-09 year, salaries, wages, and payments to directors totaled almost $1.4 million, along with $190,000 for “camp food” and $288,000 for “other expenses.”
It actually gets worse. Madden went on to say “When Sandusky quit, everybody knew; not just at Penn State. It was a very poorly kept secret around college football, in general. That is why he never coached in college football again and retired at the relatively young age of 55, young for a coach.” Madden also called the Second Mile Foundation “the perfect cover” for Sandusky’s scheme.
Madden stated that two “prominent columnists” are currently investigating a rumor that Jerry Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed to serve underprivileged youths, was “pimping out young boys to rich (Penn State) donors.” Madden went on to say that Jerry Sandusky was told by those running the show at Penn State football that Sandusky had to retire after allegations made in 1998 that the defensive coordinator was guilty of “improper conduct with an underage male.” Sandusky, thought by some to be Joe Paterno’s successor at the time, abruptly and somewhat shockingly retired from coaching in 1999. Sandusky, 67, was recognized by Congress. His charity was named one of President George H.W. Bush’s favorites and he often cited the its success