More information has surfaced in the Baylor University Title IX sexual assault scandal.
Another former student is now suing the school – claiming the university failed to help her after another student sexually assaulted her. This brings the total to 15 women.
“In the failure to recognize that these things do happen, and to address them within the school, it does disparage reporting,” says Eleeza Johnson, with Dunnam and Dunnam Attorney at Law.
As the national discussion on sexual assault is focusing on the Michigan State University gymnastics case, Baylor University’s own sexual assault scandal continues.
Johnson is one of the attorneys working the Title IX lawsuit, and says, “Baylor has reported in the media that they [have] been transparent. That they have given information, and it’s just not the case.”
Attorneys for “Jane Doe” #15 are asking a judge to let them add her to an earlier lawsuit. They also want to subpoena former Police Chief Jim Doak and former Athletic Director Ian McCaw on accusations related to the suit.
“Each of these young women, while they were assaulted, their cases are very unique,” Johnson says.
The judge has not made a decision at this time.
Bret Mills with ‘”Jesus Said Love”, a local victims advocacy group, says college campuses need to focus on transparency and the scope of which woman are viewed.
“I think we have to be okay with transparency,” Mills says. “We have to be okay with acknowledging that this is an issue in our culture. Not just in our universities, but in our culture. If we have men on campus that are raping women, let’s address that that’s the better thing to do. Not sweep it under the rug.”
Baylor has responded, in part: “Our hearts go out the any student who has experienced sexual assault.”
They also add: “As in any lawsuit, we anticipate learning more about the allegations as the legal process ensues.”
But Johnson says this hasn’t been enough up until now.
“They have it at their image of your safety and the safety of these young women,” she says.
“From music, from everything you can think of, it objectifies women. So, when we move away from people being people, that’s [why] we’re having these issues,” Mills says.