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 gang rapes were considered a “bonding” experience for the football players, according to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court.
The lawsuit also accuses the university in Waco, Texas, of being “indifferent” in its “response to multiple events of student-on-student sexual assault and subsequent sex-based harassment.”
The unidentified plaintiff was a student athlete on the women’s volleyball team from fall 2011 to spring 2013, according to court papers.
Baylor said in a statement that the university “has been in conversations with the victim’s legal counsel for many months in an attempt to reach an amicable resolution.”
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.
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