The University of Baylor seems to be in some pretty hot water right now after allegations of the school not responding to multiple sexual assault cases on their campus arose on Sunday. One of the major cases stems from former football play Tevin Elliott raped a former student, who only is known as Tanya.
An ESPN Outside the Lines report states that both Tanya and her mother tried multiple times to contact school officials after she had been assaulted by Elliott. She was not given access to counselors and wouldn’t be given a reprieve from her final exams or schoolwork that was drastically suffering.
“They didn’t just not respond; they responded by turning me away and telling me that it was not possible for me to receive help from them,” Tanya told Outside the Lines, who are keeping her identity private.
Because Baylor is a private university, it is required by Title IX to thoroughly investigate any sexual assault cases that have been reported by their students.
This seems to be similar to another former Baylor player, Sam Ukwuachu, who was accused and later convicted of raping a former Baylor soccer player. The school had launched an internal investigation and cleared him of any wrongdoing before his conviction a year later.
Patty Crawford, Baylor’s new Title IX coordinator, talked with ESPN and said that the school had hired an “outside consultant” to handle cases such as Tanya’s.
“We do want to be our best, and we’re always wanting to be an improvement from yesterday,” she said.
This certainly doesn’t seem like something the school wants to have hanging over their head. With the way these kinds of cases are in the public eye today, Baylor must do something about this and fix their problems before they get much worse.
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