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Lawsuit: Baylor football players filmed gang rapes, dog fighting

Baylor University football players recorded numerous gang rapes and dog fights, a new Title IX lawsuit alleged.

The Houston Chronicle reported the federal lawsuit was filed late Tuesday by a former Baylor volleyball player who claimed she was “brutally gang raped by at least four and, according to some reports, as many as eight, Baylor football players.” The victim played volleyball at the Waco, Texas, college from 2011-13.

The victim, identified as Jane Doe in the suit, said she was raped by four or more players during a 2012 party. Doe also claimed she was possibly drugged during the party. She supposedly told her mother, who gave the assistant football coach a list of players’ names. The victim stated she also told her volleyball coach, who mentioned the incident to football coach Art Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Doe claimed she and her family became the target of harassment—with the football team burglarizing her apartment. The volleyball player left Baylor the following year.

The lawsuit also revealed that videos of the supposed rapes were shared among the team. Specifically, they alleged there is a 21-second video of two female Baylor students being raped in circulation.

The Waco Tribune-Herald pointed out that this is the seventh Title IX lawsuit against the embattled university. Including Doe, more than a dozen women have sued Baylor for mishandling—or outright ignoring—sex assault allegations. Doe, who characterized Baylor’s response to hers and other cases as “indifferent,” said the college is putting other women at risk.

Baylor provided AP with the following statement in light of Tuesday’s lawsuit:

“The university’s response in no way changes Baylor’s position that any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable. Baylor remains committed to eliminating all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and discrimination within our campus community.”