Earlier this month, St. Joseph’s University announced it had suspended its women’s softball program after “a parent and student came forward in late March, alleging freshman had been forced to drink alcohol and engage in sexual conduct when they joined the team in the fall.” Four players were suspended in April after reports of what Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI-TV called “allegations too graphic to be outlined.” Now a former player has filed a federal lawsuit.Softball teams have lesbian players? I am the opposite of shocked.
From NBC in Philadelphia:
The plaintiff alleges that during a weeklong hazing period in 2013, the player was subjected to demeaning behavior such as being forced to perform a sexually lewd dance, to ask and answer sexual questions and tell sexual stories. She alleges that she saw other freshman players forced to simulate sex acts.
The suit says players were told midway through the week that administrators had found out about the activities and they were being suspended, but they resumed during the next initiation week the following fall.
The lawsuit alleges that throughout her freshman year and continuing into her sophomore year, she was given demeaning nicknames, harassed and belittled and was "often reduced to tears and began having suicidal thoughts." She said she was eventually forced to quit the team.If true, I hope she collects a lot of money. The courts will decide this. I also hope that the university seeks criminal prosecutions.