Report: Baylor threatened and silenced victims
Baylor University is supposed to be a faith-based institution, that prides itself on making sure it's students are safe at all times. However, a new Associated Press report suggests otherwise, and the findings are downright disgusting.
The sexual assault scandal that ended the tenure of the school's president and head football coach includes the silencing of the women assaulted, as the University stood behind it's code of conduct, and instead decided to focus on the fact that the women had been drinking.
Some of the women were told that the school would notify their parents that they had been drinking, and threatened them with expulsion if they admitted to consuming alcohol.
"A number of victims were told that if they made a report of rape, their parents would be informed of the details of where they were and what they were doing," said Chad Dunn, a Houston attorney who is representing one of the six women who are suing the school.
According to the school's code of conduct, they can expel any student who drinks or does drugs. This led to the students being afraid to come forward, as they felt they would have been kicked out of school.
Another part of the AP report said a woman actually called for help, and was arrested because she was underage drinking. The school, instead of investigating the assault, gave her 25 hours of community service, giving the woman an alcohol code violation.
The bottom line is Baylor took the wrong route in these cases, deciding to go after the victims for minor violations, instead of investigating the assaults. The president and head football coach are gone, but the University's problems are long from over.