Violated by Paula Lavigne audiobook

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis

By Paula Lavigne  and  Mark Schlabach
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Written by ESPN investigative reporters VIOLATED narrates the sexual abuse by members of Baylor’s football team and the university’s attempt to silence the victims. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN to help fight sexual abuse. Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special: As the world’s largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. It condemned any sex outside of marriage, and drinking alcohol was grounds for dismissal. Students weren’t even allowed to dance on campus until 1996. During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior. Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor’s handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach. For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they’ve been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. A culture reigned in which people believed that any type of sex, especially violent non-consensual sex, simply “doesn’t happen here.” Yet it was happening. Many people within Baylor’s leadership knew about it. And they chose not to act. Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach weave together the complex - and at times contradictory - narrative of how a university and football program ascending in national prominence came crashing down amidst the stories of woman after woman coming forward describing their assaults, and a university system they found indifferent to their pain.

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Written by ESPN investigative reporters VIOLATED narrates the sexual abuse by members of Baylor’s football team and the university’s attempt to silence the victims. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RAINN to help fight sexual abuse.

Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special: As the world’s largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. It condemned any sex outside of marriage, and drinking alcohol was grounds for dismissal. Students weren’t even allowed to dance on campus until 1996.

During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior.

Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor’s handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach.

For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they’ve been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. A culture reigned in which people believed that any type of sex, especially violent non-consensual sex, simply “doesn’t happen here.” Yet it was happening. Many people within Baylor’s leadership knew about it. And they chose not to act.

Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach weave together the complex - and at times contradictory - narrative of how a university and football program ascending in national prominence came crashing down amidst the stories of woman after woman coming forward describing their assaults, and a university system they found indifferent to their pain.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"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.” USA Today
“ESPN reporters Lavigne and Schlabach spare no detail in this shocking account of rampant sexual violence at one of America’s most revered religious universities…Using extensive research, including interviews with victims, coaches, players, and university officials, Lavigne and Schlabach chronicle the ways the football program fueled a hostile and abusive environment toward women and the school’s epic failure to address it…This is a comprehensive and disturbing account of a particularly stark example of an epidemic facing American universities.” Publishers Weekly
“Authors Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach—who spent years reporting on Baylor for ESPN in advance of this book—meticulously lay out how exactly each of those levees failed before the entire campus was submerged by this flood.” FootballScoop.com
“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 and activist
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…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 at night, not only reading it, but absorbing the many similarities to my own college experience at Nebraska.” Katherine Redmond, founder, National Coalition Against Violent Athletes
“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

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Author Bio: Paula Lavigne

Author Bio: Paula Lavigne

Paula Lavingne is an ESPN investigative reporter for television and online, working primarily for the show Outside the Lines. A specialist in data journalism and statistics, she has won several awards, including a 2014 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for an investigative series on high-stakes gambling in youth football. She worked previously as a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, Des Moines Register, and the Tacoma News-Tribune.

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Author Bio: Mark Schlabach

Author Bio: Mark Schlabach

Mark Schlabach is coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football and The Duck Commander Family. He is one of the most respected and popular college football columnists in the country. He and his wife live in Madison, Georgia, with their three children.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 11.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English