Since releasing an extended press release (gussied up to look like a report) that included no facts about how and why Baylor made life hell for students who reported they were raped, more and more outside voices have been calling for the university to release the full report, prepared by independent investigators. Sure, they fired the football coach, and former president Ken Starr (yes, that Ken Starr) is gone from all his posts except law professor. But nobody outside the Board of Regents knows what really happened; Baylor through it all has insisted it can’t say, relying on a grab bag of reasons that don’t make sense.
They say the findings from Pepper Hamilton were given via an oral presentation, ignoring that they could release the records they gave the law firm and transcripts of the interviews. They say they can’t release anything in order to protect the privacy of victims, a disgusting form of using those victims as human shields to hide their own failures. If reporters can figure out ways to tell these stories while giving the women privacy—if other schools with postmortems on their their own scandals can do it—perhaps Baylor can too. All Baylor has done is double down on their first statement more than a week ago, which was a pile of shit.