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College Sports Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Rape

Like college campus assault, abuse, and rape, survivors of sex crimes within campus sports can often bring a civil lawsuit under the protections Title IX affords. Sex crimes involving campus sports are subject to additional scrutiny and reprimand from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The glorified positions collegiate athletes, coaches, and staff revel in often leads to additional victim silencing. Survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape involving a member of the university’s sports organization face additional pressures to stay silent, additional red tape in getting their complaints filed and heard, and significantly more public backlash. Collegiate athletes, coaches, and staff are often revered members of not only the university system, but the local town.

Baylor University recently came under intense scrutiny after several women stepped forward with details of sexual assaults committed by Baylor Bears football players—assaults the coaching staff was allegedly aware of. In 2016, Baylor’s football coaching staff came under fire when it was discovered that university officials knew about the alleged rapes and assaults and did nothing. This led to mass outstings where Art Briles, the head football coach, Ken Starr, the University President, Ian McCaw, the Athletic Director, two others connected with the football program, and Patty Crawford, the school’s Title IX Coordinator.

The Baylor football sexual assault scandal came on the heels of perhaps the most disturbing campus sex crime story in recent history: the decades of child abuse Jerry Sandusky committed at Penn State in his role as the school’s assistant football coach. Sandusky was ultimately convicted on 45 different counts of child sex abuse, committed against children he coached and mentored in his role as a football coach. The legal battle revealed that the school knew of the child abuse and failed to report it. This led to three Peen State officials, school president Graham Sparnier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley, being charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, failure to report suspected child abuse, and other related charges.

In each of these cases and most other cases of NCAA or collegiate sport assault, survivors face intense public scrutiny because the accused assaulters hold so much public favor simply by virtue of their role in collegiate sports. But they don’t have to bear it alone.

If you are a survivor, call Fears Nachawati today. During your free consultation, we can discuss every option available to you. We are here to guide you in the right direction and to stand by your side while we work for the compensation you’re owed.  Contact us today for a confidential and free discussion.

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