Report: Multiple women report sexual assaults at the hands of Baylor athletes

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor regents say 17 women have reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 Baylor University athletes since 2011, including four reports of gang rapes.

In interviews with The Wall Street Journal, regents said an outside investigation of sexual violence at Baylor found some players were alleged to have participated in what one regent called a "horrifying and painful" series of assaults over several years. The regents said then-Baylor football coach Art Briles knew of at least one reported incident but didn't inform police or school officials.

Brian Reagan, the man who wrote the article told Channel 6 News that the figures put the scope of the scandal into perspective.

"Outside of the numbers, I think the scale and the severity of it is going to be surprising for most people.  The Pepper Hamilton report was pretty direct in saying that there were failures in the University, but I think this information puts it into a little bit of starker terms," said Reagan.

Baylor previously had said the review found that the football program operated as if it were above the rules. Briles and Baylor's athletic director were fired earlier this year. President Ken Starr was removed from his post by regents and he later resigned as chancellor.

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