Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis

by Paula Lavigne, Mark Schlabach


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Written by ESPN investigative reporters VIOLATED narrates the sexual abuse by members of Baylor's football team and the university's attempt to silence the victims. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN to help fight sexual abuse.

Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special: As the world's largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. It condemned any sex outside of marriage, and drinking alcohol was grounds for dismissal. Students weren't even allowed to dance on campus until 1996.

During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior.

Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor's handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach.

For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they've been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. A culture reigned in which people believed that any type of sex, especially violent non-consensual sex, simply "doesn't happen here." Yet it was happening. Many people within Baylor's leadership knew about it. And they chose not to act.

Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach weave together the complex - and at times contradictory - narrative of how a university and football program ascending in national prominence came crashing down amidst the stories of woman after woman coming forward describing their assaults, and a university system they found indifferent to their pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478974086
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

PAULA LAVIGNE is an ESPN investigative reporter for television and online, working primarily for the show "Outside the Lines." She is a specialist in data journalism and statistics. Her work has won several awards, including a 2014 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for an investigative series on high-stakes gambling in youth football. She worked previously as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, The Des Moines Register, and The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington.

MARK SCHLABACH is one of the country's most respected college football reporters and columnists through his work with ESPN. He is a regular contributor to ESPN TV and radio programming, such as Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and College Football Live. He previously worked as a college football and investigative reporter for the Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author or collaborator of more than a dozen books, including seven New York Times best-sellers.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Party 5

2 Making a Statement 12

3 Wake-Up Calls 20

4 One in Five 26

5 The Crux of Title IX 33

6 Rise of Baylor 43

7 Judge Starr 50

8 Coach Briles 55

9 "How Did Anybody Find Out About Me?" 61

10 Prior Knowledge 69

11 Implied Consent 75

12 The Prosecutor 80

13 On Trial 83

14 Strength in Numbers 89

15 "He's Not Coming Home" 96

16 "Girl After Girl After Girl" 104

17 Diadeloso 112

18 Who Your Friends Are 118

19 Delayed Justice 125

20 Sam Ukwuachu 134

21 Insufficient Evidence 142

22 "Shame on Baylor" 152

23 Real Men Don't Rape 162

24 The Outside Investigation 170

25 In Title Only 176

26 The Whistleblower 189

27 Reports of Gang Rapes 199

28 The Silence 209

29 "I Felt Unheard" 216

30 Use My Name 223

31 Mounting Pressure 227

32 Truth Don't Lie 247

33 Unprecedented Actions 255

34 Not Enough 268

35 Beyond Baylor 288

36 Scope of a Scandal 294

37 Not Anymore 306

Postlogue: A New Season 315

Dramatis Personae 321

Timeline of Baylor Sexual Assault Scandal 331

Selected Bibliography 340

Index 347

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