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Baylor athletes 'committed 52 rapes in four-year period'

A former student has filed a federal lawsuit against Baylor University, claiming her alleged rape was just one of 52 that occurred at the hands of the school's football players between 2011 and 2014. 

Identified only as Elizabeth Doe in the lawsuit, the woman accused Baylor's former football players Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman of brutally gang raping her, court documents state.

But Doe claims her rape was not an isolated incident, and the lawsuit states a culture of sexual violence was created and maintained by a number of school policies.

The lawsuit claims that in four years, Doe was 'aware of at least 52 acts of rape by not less than 31 different football players' - numbers that are significantly higher than those previously cited by Baylor officials.

The school contracted Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to conduct an internal audit, which found 17 women reported rapes committed by 19 players between 2012 and 2015.

Under the coach Art Briles, Baylor's football team won an unprecedented 42 games between 2011 and 2014, and the athletes were 'hyped as celebrities on campus', the lawsuit claims

Under the coach Art Briles, Baylor's football team won an unprecedented 42 games between 2011 and 2014, and the athletes were 'hyped as celebrities on campus', the lawsuit claims

Tre'Von Armstead

Shamycheal Chatman

Doe accused Tre'Von Armstead (left) and Shamycheal Chatman (right) of brutally gang raping her in 2013. But she said that was just one of 52 incidents of rape in four years 

Under the coach Art Briles, Baylor's football team won an unprecedented 42 games between 2011 and 2014, and the athletes were 'hyped as celebrities on campus', the lawsuit claims. 

The lawsuit, which accuses Baylor of Title IX violations and negligence, claims the school's culture of sexual assault and violence was in part fostered through the recruiting process, which 'used sex to sell the program', court documents stated.

Women in the hostess program, referred to as the Baylor Bruins, were supposed to escort recruits to events on their official visits to the school.

But the Bruins were 'at times used to engage in sexual acts with the recruits to help secure the recruits' commitment to Baylor', the lawsuit claims.  

'On one such occasion, a Baylor football player stated that Baylor coaches sent two women from the Baylor Bruins program to his hotel room and the room of another recruit to engage in sex with the two men,' the lawsuit states. 

Brile's son, the former assistant coach Kendall Briles, allegedly told a high school recruit: 'Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they LOVE football players.'

The football program operated under a 'show'em a good time' policy, and the recruits were also taken to strip clubs and offered alcohol and drugs, according to the court documents.

The lawsuit claims the recruiting process 'used sex to sell the program'. Assistant coach Kendall Briles (pictured), allegedly told a high school recruit: 'Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they LOVE football players'

The lawsuit claims the recruiting process 'used sex to sell the program'. Assistant coach Kendall Briles

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