The University of Tennessee is in the midst of an intense rape investigation that includes multiple plaintiffs who claim to have been raped by various student-athletes at the SEC school. The case now involves a total of eight plaintiffs, after two more students came forward on Thursday.
Tennessee has been accused of establishing a rape-culture where student-athletes, particularly football players, are not held accountable for sexual assaults and accusations.
A group of students at the University announced plans to protest outside of Tennessee athletic director, Dave Hart’s press conference on February 25th.
Recent statements from former football player, Drae Bowles, contributed to the growing concern over the rape culture at the University. He claims that he was assaulted by fellow football players after he helped an alleged rape victim and took her to the hospital. He also stated that head coach, Butch Jones, called him a “traitor” for assisting the female.
“The University has reviewed the amended complaint filed today by the plaintiffs and we continue to stand by our actions. The facts, as opposed to allegations in a complaint, will demonstrate that the University acted properly in the matters at issue,” reads a statement released through the University’s attorney, Bill Ramsey.
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