A former Baylor University volleyball player on Tuesday night filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university alleging that as many as eight football players dragged a student and took turns raping her in 2012, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
The plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit as "Jane Doe," said she members the players scream, “Grab her phone! Delete my numbers and texts!” following the rape in an off-campus apartment with glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, according to the suit.
Doe said she told her mother, who gave an assistant football coach a list of players' names but never heard back, according to the Associated Press. The woman said she later told her head coach, who brought the matter to football coach Art Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw.
The woman said she refrained from telling police because she thought law enforcement would protect the football players, her lawyer said. She did, however, tell police about an incident in which the football players burglarized her apartment.
The police responded by getting her items back without filing charges, the lawsuit noted.
“This case was always going to be about what Baylor knew, who knew what, and at what time,” the lawyer, Muhammad Aziz, said.
The most recent lawsuit follows a series of allegations of sexual abuse at Baylor University. More than a dozen women have now sued the Texas-based university, claiming that officials mishandled or ignored sex assault allegations for years.
The school is also facing several federal civil rights investigations and a state criminal investigation.
In a statement, Baylor noted its recent efforts to address mishandled sexual assault investigations.
“The university’s response in no way changes Baylor’s position that any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable. Baylor remains committed to eliminating all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and discrimination within our campus community,” the school said.
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