3.31.16 | Paula Lavigne
A former Baylor University student who reported to campus officials that she had been raped by former Bears football player Tevin Elliott filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university Wednesday, claiming the school knew Elliott had a history of assaults, failed to protect her and other women, and ignored her when she sought help after her assault.
Elliott was convicted in January 2014 on two counts of sexual assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison for attacking the student, Jasmin Hernandez, on April 15, 2012. ESPN typically does not name victims of sexual assaults, but Hernandez planned to file the lawsuit using her name and is no longer requesting anonymity about her case, according to her attorneys.
Hernandez reported her 2012 assault hours after it occurred to Waco police and a nurse at a hospital. Outside the Lines reported in late January that, days later, she went to Baylor's campus police department, told officers about it and was told they were powerless because the rape had happened off campus. She contacted Baylor's student health center, seeking counseling, but was referred elsewhere. Her family sought assistance from Baylor's academic services group, to no avail.
Within weeks of Hernandez's assault, Elliott was suspended from the football team and later was expelled. His trial revealed that three other women claimed Elliott had raped them, including one report made just weeks before the assault against Hernandez. Outside the Lines reported that Baylor officials also were aware of an alleged attempted assault against a local community college student, for which Elliott received a misdemeanor citation in 2011.