Brenda Tracy is a brave sexual assault survivor who has been sharing her story with the hope of opening eyes to the ongoing epidemic that appears to be growing on college campuses across the nation.
Recently, Tracy, who was sexually assaulted by Oregon State football players, spoke with the Nebraska football team, coached by Mike Reilly who was coach of the Beavers when the incident occurred in 1998.
Now, Tracy is telling her story to Baylor athletes as the school is in the midst of a sexual assault scandal that led to multiple football staffers and university leaders losing their jobs.
Tracy told her story, urging the football and basketball players to join her as she fights to make a difference.
“One thing I try to do is make this real for people,” Tracy said, via the Associated Press. “Look at me, I’m a human being, I could be your neighbor, I could be your mother, I could be the person behind you at the grocery store,. But I spent all these years wanting to kill myself and hating myself because someone else took my body and I did not give it to them.”
Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe also discussed Tracy’s visit, hoping it can be the eye-opener some need to make a difference.
“I think her story is compelling and it’s real-life stuff,” Grobe told the Dallas Morning News. “It opens everybody’s eyes. It makes us look at this issue very seriously.”
It’s incredible to see Brenda Tracy continue to be so strong while sharing her darkest moment with the world.
Let’s hope the athletes are taking her words to heart and we can soon see a change in culture taking place throughout the country and in the athletic world.