Baylor to add counselors following criticism of handling of sex assault cases

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Baylor University announced late Friday evening that it would add counselors to its staff and increase training for all faculty and staff so as to improve its overall response to incidents of sexual assault, according to NBC Sports.

“We know we can and must do a better job to confront interpersonal violence in our campus community,” Baylor president Ken Starr said in a statement.

Baylor came under fire last year when former football player Sam Ukwuachu, a transfer from Boise State, was convicted of raping a Bears soccer player in 2013 and sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years probation, and Elliott was sentenced to 20 years. Adding fuel to the fire was a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines a few weeks back in which Baylor itself was accused of ignoring previous complaints by three students who accused Elliott of sexual assault.

It also didn’t help that Baylor coach Art Briles apparently knew that Ukwuachu had left Boise State due to serious behavioral issues and his former coach Chris Petersen warned Briles about that, but he was allowed to transfer anyway.

Either way, Baylor is responding to this negative press appropriately when it would have been just as easy to come out and simply admit to dropping the ball. Instead, the administration is taking the “actions speak louder than words” approach and though just how many counselors will be added remains to be seen, it is a step in the right direction.

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