At an appearance in Nebraska on Wednesday, Sept. 13, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took a few questions from reporters. She was asked two questions specific to Title IX and college athletics. You can listen here:
In anticipation of an announcement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, ‘Violated’ has a comprehensive look at what role colleges and universities have in addressing complaints of sexual violence. Hear the voices of women who talk about the impact of being denied academic, counseling and safety services on campus – all aspects that Title IX enables and currently requires colleges and universities to address. Here are a few excerpts from ‘Violated,’ including a passage from former U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights head Catherine Lhamon, now the chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Baylor issued this statement regarding the release of “Violated.”
“We share the authors’ view that student sexual violence is a complex and important problem that defies simple solutions. We are deeply sorry for anyone connected with the Baylor community who has been harmed by sexual violence.
“This book focuses on tragic events that took place several years ago. Since then, Baylor has hired a new President, a new Director of Athletics and a new Head Football Coach. We also have revised our policies and procedures for addressing and preventing sexual violence. It has been more than a year since the University adopted 105 sweeping improvements in policies and procedures that have now been structurally completed and make Baylor a model institution for Title IX responses to sexual assault.”
Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach will appear at two Texas bookstores to promote their upcoming book, “Violated,” which will be released by Center Street on Tuesday, August 22.
The authors will appear at the Books-A-Million at Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, Texas from 2 p.m. CT to 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 26. More information about the BAM location can be found here.
The authors will appear at Brazos Bookstore, the premier independent bookstore in Houston, at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 27. Houston Chronicle columnist Jenny Dial Creech, past president of the Association for Women in Sports Media, will moderate the event, which will include a Q&A with attendees. More information about Brazos Bookstore can be found here.
Baylor trustees told “Violated” authors Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach that they were unaware the university’s athletics department didn’t have a drug testing program in place for student-athletes, which made it one of the few FBS programs in the country without one. The trustees acknowledge in the upcoming book that they didn’t find out about the lack of a drug testing program until it was discovered during Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton’s investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual assault. You can learn more about it here and here.
A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that Baylor University must release underlying documents in its investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault by students, including football players, that led to the ouster of president Ken Starr and firing of head football coach Art Briles in 2016.
The ruling came in a federal Title IX lawsuit filed against Baylor on behalf of 10 women who attended the school and claimed that university officials failed to properly respond to and investigate their reports of sexual assault.
“This is another very positive step in getting all the truth and information out there,” attorney Jim Dunnam told ESPN. Dunnam said U.S. District Court judge Robert Pitman’s ruling compels Baylor officials to turn over the “information and the data” that the school gave Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, which was hired in 2015 to examine the school’s response to sexual violence. You can read more about the ruling here.