It remains a stunning display of arrogance, of cynicism, of self-preservation, and of downright evil. Baylor’s conscious decision to not produce a report on its failure to handle multiple sexual assault cases was made with one goal in mind: to protect Baylor. It is not possible to remind yourself too often of just how horrifically fucked up this is.
Which is why you should read today’s New York Times story on Baylor’s deliberate lack of a paper trail. There is no new ground covered here—nothing we weren’t screaming about on the day Baylor released a 13-page report summarizing the investigative findings of an outside law firm, a summary that provided zero details or names or pieces of evidence—but it’s good that more people will understand just how unreal this is, and how, as the Times puts it, the decision could only have been made “to protect [the university] from criticism, lawsuits or both.”