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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

A lawsuit against Baylor University said it encourages a 'culture of sexual violence'


A lawsuit filed by a Baylor University alum alleges that 31 Baylor football players committed 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014, USA Today reported. Of those, five were alleged gang rapes, and at least two of those were perpetrated by 10 or more players at once. 

The plaintiff, identified as Elizabeth Doe in court filings, is suing the Texas university for Title IX violations and negligence in connection with an alleged gang rape that occurred on April 18, 2013.

Doe identified the assailants of the April 2013 alleged gang rape as Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman. She said that the university failed to intervene when it learned of the assault, but agreed to pay for her education in exchange for agreeing to a non-disclosure agreement. 

The lawsuit also alleges that the football program encourages a "culture of sexual violence," by using "sex to sell" Baylor to potential recruits, according to ABC News.

This is not the first time Baylor University, located in Waco, Texas, has been charged with sexual assault negligence. An on-going scandal led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and resignation of the university's president Ken Starr in 2016.

The university faces at least five lawsuits.

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