Source: Associated Press
By JIM VERTUNO
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University settled a federal lawsuit filed by a former student who said she was gang raped by two football players and alleged the program at the nation’s largest Baptist school fostered a “culture of violence.”
The settlement is one of several in recent weeks as Baylor moves to close out lawsuits filed in the aftermath of an investigation into how the school handled reports of sexual and physical assaults for years. The probe led to the firing of former football coach Art Briles and the departure of former school President Ken Starr.
Settling with “Elizabeth Doe” ends a case brought by a woman who alleged knowledge of at least 52 acts of rape by more than 30 football players over several years. The case was explosive when it was first filed in January, as it challenged Baylor’s previous acknowledgement of 17 reports of sexual and physical attacks involving 19 players.
The lawsuit didn’t detail all of the alleged attacks but said some were recorded by players and shared with their friends.