Sexual Assault Scandal at Baylor University

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The alarming facts are that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while at college. Most college women are assaulted by someone they know. Almost half of college women who are raped tell no one; only 5 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses are reported.

Reading that should raise an outrage in your spirit – like the case of Brock Allen Turner. He raped a woman behind a dumpster while she was unconscious. He was sentenced to only 6 months… Only 6 ridiculous months.

Baylor University was recently put on blast for a sexual assault scandal; the mishandling of an assault and rape allegation. A woman reported to police in Waco, Texas that Tevin Elliott, a Baylor University football player, had raped her twice during a party.

Ultimately, Elliott was charged with assault, kicked off the football team, and expelled from the university. The woman went to campus police to request a campus escort of security because Elliott still remained in Waco.  There is nothing we can do because the assault happened off campus. 

She also contacted Baylor’s student health center for counseling.  There is no one who can see you now. Maybe you should see someone off campus.

The woman’s mother contacted Baylor’s academic services to get help for her daughter, since her schoolwork began to suffer.  Sorry. No resources are available. You won’t be able to catch up.

Baylor University is required by federal law – Title IX – to thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual violence, and provide security, counseling services, and academic help to students who report assaults.  None of those things were provided to the young woman. None.

In her case and numerous others, the university failed to do any of these things which prompted the sexual assault scandal. It took three years for them to comply with this federal directive. A letter was sent in April 2011. Baylor didn’t hire a full-time coordinator until fall 2014.

This young woman’s story is similar to others at Baylor and other universities worldwide. At Baylor, 25 to 50 percent of the alleged perpetrators are athletes. Most women are afraid to report what happened to them. This sexual assault scandal led to the firing of the head football coach Art Briles.

I was assaulted my freshman year of college. It happened off-campus by a stranger. I immediately withdrew from school and moved back home with my parents. I finally went to counseling and returned to school two years later.

It was unbearable for me to even think about staying in school, but the brave, young woman at Baylor did and so many others do as well.

Women who have been sexually assaulted: You are not a victim. You are a survivor and a victor. You are not alone and you don’t have to hold your head in shame. No one knows your pain, unless they have been through it. You don’t have to walk with the pain. You can heal.

For help and resources, contact RAINN on-line or at 800-656-HOPE.

Archuleta Chisolm

Senior Writer

Archuleta is a brave soul without wings. She is a self-published author of three books, poet, freelancer, speaker, pen junkie, and U.S. Army veteran. She has a passion for encouraging women to be the best version of themselves. Made in Kansas City, Living in Houston.