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Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes involving 31 Baylor football players

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Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes involving 31 Baylor football players
Former Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles yells to his team as they face the Michaigan State Spartans in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas on January 1, 2015. Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

In a lawsuit filed Friday against Baylor, a university graduate alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014.

Those numbers are significantly higher than previously reported. According to The Dallas Morning News, the totals are not verified yet.

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The student alleged she was gang-raped in 2013 by two Baylor football players after a party. Shamycheal Chatman and Tre'Von Armstead were not charged of a sexual-assault crime, according to police.

The woman graduated from the school in 2014. Her lawsuit accused the university of Title IX violations and negligence.

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The suit also states that there were five gang rapes among the 52, and two involved 10 or more players.

John Clune, the woman's attorney, said Baylor has tried to take steps to avoid a similar situation, but it's not enough.

"As hard as the events at Baylor have been for people to hear, what went on there was much worse than has been reported," Clune said in a statement.

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A previous rape allegation was made against one of the accused in this case, but university officials never took action.

The new lawsuit details alleged practices of arranging sex for football recruits to lure them to sign with the school and also a permissive culture toward drugs and alcohol.

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"Our hearts go out to any victims of sexual assault," interim university president David E. Garland said in a statement on Friday. "Any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable. Baylor University has taken unprecedented actions that have been well-documented in response to the issue of past and alleged sexual assaults involving our campus community."

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A Baylor study conducted by a law firm indicated that 17 women reported sexual assaults or domestic assaults involving 19 players, The Wall Street Journal reported in October.

Baylor representatives declined to comment on the latest claims.

The sexual assault scandal resulted in Art Briles losing his job as football coach, the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw and the departure of chancellor Ken Starr.

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