New, eye-popping accusations were added to the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University in a lawsuit made public Wednesday, alleging that football players recorded the gang-rape of a female volleyball player — and referred to it as a “bonding ritual.”
The scandal at Baylor, involving multiple lawsuits alleging unchecked criminal behavior in the football program, has already led to the firing of President Kenneth Starr and football coach Art Briles. The new lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Waco, Texas, where Baylor is based, alleges that the volleyball player was raped by as many as eight football players on Feb. 11, 2012, about a month before two other female Baylor students were allegedly gang-raped by football players.
It’s at least the seventh suit brought against Baylor — the nation’s largest Baptist university — under Title IX, a federal law that bars discrimination based on sex at educational institutions. At least five other lawsuits have been filed under different provisions of federal law. The university said in a statement Wednesday that it tried and failed to settle the case amicably and, pointed to more than 100 internal reforms it has implemented since the scandal became public.
“Baylor remains committed to eliminating all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and discrimination within our campus community,” the school said. The plaintiff in the new suit, identified only as “Jane Doe,” alleges that female Baylor students were routinely gang-raped in a “hazing” ritual for freshman football players and “a ‘bonding’ experience'” for the football team.