7.18.16 | Nick Martin
Here is part of his statement (emphasis mine); you can read his full press conference transcript here.
But let it suffice to say as it pertains to all of our institutions, we are very committed as a group of ten schools to eradicating sexual assault on our campuses. It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18- 22 years old, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen. But we certainly want to make sure that from the center we do everything we can to ensure that they are minimized, if not eradicated.
What Bowlsby is doing is making a not-so-subtle excuse for himself, the conference, and Baylor while bookending it with statements reflecting what appears to be a sincere attempt to minimize sexual assault on college campuses. Bowlsby is right to say that young women are at a higher risk of sexual assault—according to RAINN, women in college aged 18-24 are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the average woman, and women not in college aged 18-24 have a rate quadrupling the national female average.
Last week, SEC media days gave us the gift of Dan Mullen’s bullshit family. Today, at the Big 12 media day, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby took it upon himself to say something awful.