“Through a comprehensive timeline and the stories of survivors, Violated exposes our society’s ‘win at all cost’ attitude and the devastation that ensues when we value winning more than human life. The harrowing intersection of sports and violence is undeniable and Violated gives us a look at how things can go so terribly wrong, while also celebrating the heroic courage of sexual assault survivors.
“A must read for everyone, you will be disturbed and horrified by the details, but you will also be better prepared to confront a culture that dismisses, ignores, and minimizes the impact of sexual violence on its victims and our campus communities. There is no other more pressing issue on our college campuses than sexual violence. There is no other crime aside from murder that is more devastating for its victims and families. There is no other book needed more right now than Violated.”
— Brenda Tracy, Survivor & Activist
“Lavigne and Schlabach have dug deep on the No. 1 scourge in college athletics. Violence against women in any form is unacceptable and yet it has been enabled (at least) by those who either don’t want to know or are actively covering up. College athletics in general has been woefully weak in addressing this issue. Thanks to Violated the game is about to change. This is not only a Baylor problem; it is a national problem brought to light by the fine reporting of the authors.”
— Dennis Dodd, Senior Reporter, CBS Sports
“Violated is the most comprehensive book about college football sexual assault to date. It exposes all of the components of a destructive, win-at-all-costs football culture that shelters predators and cultivates a destructive campus environment. The book gives an in depth, explicit view at the toll on victims when a university decides to afford protection to an elite, powerful group of students and administrators rather than its most vulnerable and injured. It is a cautionary tale about what happens when a university allows an athletic department to operate under autonomy and insulate itself from protocols, procedures, and even laws.
“Violated describes in painful, gut-wrenching detail, a university who sacrificed character, its Christian values and moral decency for a run at college football greatness and the entrenched system that supported it. Violated is a must read for athletes, coaches, administrators and politicians who are committed to understanding the culture surrounding sexual assault that has led to its epidemic status and the inarguable need for Title IX guidelines. Violated literally kept me awake nights, not only reading it, but absorbing the many similarities to my own college experience at Nebraska.”
— Katherine Redmond, founder, National Coalition Against Violent Athletes
“From the beginning it’s clear this is a Baylor University book, not a Baylor football book. In fact, the cover is an image of Pat Nef Hall, not McLane Stadium, a Baylor football helmet or of [Art] Briles himself. Yes, Baylor football failed, but so, too, did Baylor’s administration, and its judicial affairs office, and its Title IX office (or lack thereof), and Baylor’s police department, and Waco’s police department. Authors Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach — who spent years reporting on Baylor for ESPN in advance of this book — meticulously lay out exactly each of those levees failed before the entire campus was submerged by this flood.”
—Zach Barnett, Football Scoop
“Violated is meticulously researched and reported by Lavigne and Schlabach. It’s a deep-sea dive into the cold, dark waters of a Baylor program undone by its indifference … and worse.”
— Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN College GameDay reporter, and author of The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball
“Violated is a heavy read, but it’s important work by Lavigne and Schlabach, who were at the forefront of reporting the story as it unfolded in real time. Though in many ways it feels from the outside like Baylor is on a better trajectory and much of the world has moved on from the scandal, the book reminds us why it can’t be forgotten. And why Briles shouldn’t be on a sideline anytime soon.”
— Dan Wolken, USA Today
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