Breaking down Friday’s new Baylor sexual assault lawsuit

The sexual assault controversy involving the Baylor University football program has rocked the sports world over the last year. A new lawsuit filed on Friday contends that the controversy was much more extensive and disturbing than previously known. The lawsuit also suggests that Baylor’s ambition to move past the controversy may be slowed dramatically by lawsuits and accompanying litigation.

Elizabeth Doe’s account

On Friday, a Baylor graduate identified by the pseudonym “Elizabeth Doe” sued her alma mater in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, alleging that she was the victim of a group rape perpetuated by two Baylor football players and subsequently ignored by Baylor administration. Doe seeks unspecified monetary damages for a wide-range of alleged injuries.

The alleged incident took place on Apr. 18, 2013 and in conjunction with Baylor University’s annual party known as “Diadeloso”—which is Spanish for “The Day of the Bear.” As promoted on Baylor’s website, Diadeloso represents a day where classes are not held and students are encouraged to have fun with other members of the Baylor community. Various activities and games, such as tug-of-war and bowling, and numerous food options are made available. Diadeloso is also known to encourage parties organized separately by students. Some of these parties involve unsanctioned and underage consumption of alcohol, a point that connects to Doe’s

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