Allegations linger that the nation’s largest Baptist school repeatedly mishandled abuse complaints…
WACO, Texas — A court filing this week reveals that the former interim president of Baylor University referred to some women who said they had been sexually assaulted as willing victims, amid lingering allegations that the nation’s largest Baptist school repeatedly mishandled or stifled claims of sexual and physical abuse.
The remark came in an email exchange last year between David Garland and a Baylor administrator. The email was obtained by lawyers for 10 women who are suing Baylor on claims the school ignored their allegations.
Garland also said in the email that he had heard a radio interview with an author who chronicled her alcoholism at college, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports . He wrote in the email that the interview “added another perspective for me of what is going on in the heads of some women who may seem willingly to make themselves victims.”
He then cited verses in the New Testament referring to God’s wrath on those who commit sexual sin.
The plaintiffs in Wednesday’s federal court filing argue that it’s central to their case that Garland “would conclude that these young women made themselves willing victims of sexual assault” and “would then immediately find relevance in ‘God’s wrath’ upon them.”
Dr. David E. Garland, former interim President at Baylor University
Look, there is something seriously wrong with an individual who characterizes any sexual abuse survivors as “willing to make themselves victims”. Seriously. Wrong.
This isn’t the kind of person who should be educating our youth, no matter their age. I’d be just as uncomfortable with him leading a kindergarten class as I am with him being the titular head of a major university.
Garland is a victim shamer, pure and simple. Victim shamers have no place in our educational system.
Best wishes to the women seeking redress for their treatment at the hands of Baylor. If Garland’s attitudes are reflective of the university as a whole, I’d guess they have good cause…