June 7, 2016
Former Baylor student Dolores Lozano is reportedly planning to file a Title IX lawsuit against the school because it failed to take sufficient action after she reported a football player assaulted her.
Joe Schad of ESPN reported Tuesday that Lozano came forward to provide him with the details of three separate assaults by former Bears running back Devin Chafin. The alleged incidents occurred between the period of March and April 2014.
Lozano said she alerted several Baylor staff members, including former head coach Art Briles and current passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby, about the situation. She also told Chafin’s mother about the situation and was urged by her not to take it up with the police, according to the report.
She noted Chafin never faced any serious discipline. He reportedly “slapped,” “kicked” and “slammed” her against a vehicle and “to [the] ground” during the alleged attacks. She provided Schad with a picture that showcased her injuries, including bruising on her arms and her back:
Chafin later told Schad he “grabbed” Lozano but did not “choke” or “kick” her.
Lozano said acrobatics and tumbling coach LaPrise Williams asked about the bruises and then reported the situation to superiors, counselors and chaplain Wes Yeary. Briles reportedly then told Chafin to “stay away” from her, but he was allowed to continue playing, even after the Lozano told Waco police.
“Baylor turned their backs to what was going on,” Ricky Patel, Lozano’s attorney, told ESPN. “The University is a place where people are supposed to feel safe. When something like this happens, it breaks your trust.”
Chafin was suspended indefinitely by Baylor after being arrested and charged with marijuana possession back in March. He was then dismissed from the school last week after his name surfaced in a May article from Outside the Lines about previously unreported assaults.
At the end of May, the university announced Briles had been suspended with the “intent to terminate.” Kenneth Starr was removed as president at the same time and later stepped down as chancellor as a result of the school’s assault scandal, as noted by ESPN.com.
Patel told ESPN that Lozano decided to come forward now because she “believes it’s important for others to know they can seek help.”
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