Ex-Baylor Title IX coordinator says university mismanagement continues

A former Baylor official is now going public with her concerns about what she believes is the continuing mismanagement of sexual assault allegations at the school.

Patty Crawford’s comments come months after an independent investigation into the sex assault claims found there were 17 women who had reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 Baylor University athletes since 2011. Those allegations included four reports of gang rapes.

“My kids expect their mother to do the right thing, and that's what I've done,” Crawford said.

Crawford was Baylor University's Title IX coordinator and it was her job to make sure the university complied with federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. She put her job on the line by filing a complaint against her own employer with the department of education.

She says her supervisors were not pleased by her filing the complaint, so she resigned.

“If I expect students to report to me horrific things that have happened to them, I have to have the courage to report publically what Baylor's doing to me,” Crawford said.

Crawford says even as recently as September, the culture at Baylor had not changed.

"The university did not want these sexual assaults to become public knowledge. They did not want to acknowledge that students were having sex, drinking, and non-consensual abuse was happening because it did not protect the brand or image Christian philosophy model they stood behind,” Crawford said.

Crawford says The Wall Street Journal report revealing 19 athletes were involved in assaulting 17 women is only the tip of the iceberg.

"I was there 23 months, had over 400 reports of sexual violence,” Crawford said. “The culture was, victim blame, this doesn't happen here, these are Christian students. Sex outside marriage violates our conduct code."

She says she tried to tell her boss that they weren't complying with Title IX. It didn’t go anywhere.

"He responded to me very negatively, told me to never file anything in writing again, to only go to his office,” Crawford said.

Among Crawford's complaints -- not being able to get police reports on closed cases.

"When we don't have access to police reports we can't have integrity with our investigations,” Crawford said.

Baylor has created a website to deal with the fallout of the scandal. On it, the university says Crawford lacked the skills to manage the office and had a high rate of turnover.

Crawford's attorney says Baylor needs to come clean and turn over all the documents related to the sex scandal.

"And stop attacking and blaming the messenger,” said attorney Roggie Dunn.

Coach Art Briles was fired earlier this year along with the athletic director as part of the fallout from the scandal. President Ken Starr was removed from his post by regents and he later resigned as chancellor.

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