Improper procurement

University of Colorado at Boulder
It always saddens me when I read a news report that focuses the lead paragraph on the public relations aspects of something awful instead of talking about the survival and recovery of those who have been victimized.

And seriously, WTF, when is it ever “proper” to “procure women”? What a mess.

The University of Colorado on Wednesday announced that it would pay $2.85 million to settle lawsuits by two women who said they were raped by football players, closing the book on a scandal that tarnished the school’s athletics department and led to the departure of its chancellor.

The assaults allegedly occurred in 2001 when a group of football players and recruits crashed an off-campus party at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Although no one was convicted in the attacks, the lawsuits contended that the incident was sparked by a hostile atmosphere created by the school’s use of alcohol, drugs and sex to lure top athletes.

During the height of the furor in 2004, seven women came forward to say they had been raped by football players since 1997. No charges were filed, but a university panel found that the school had improperly procured women and alcohol for football prospects. The football coach, athletics director, chancellor of UC Boulder and president of the entire university system eventually left.

via the Houston Chronicle.

  • Settlement monies should be illegal. They are such a horrible impediment to the judicial process. Got enough loot? Get out of jail free. Got enough loot? Run for public office. Hmmm, there’s an interesting correlation.

  • I think that maybe what you’re saying is that wealth can influence the judicial system? But the women in this story were allegedly raped during part of a UC Boulder sanctioned football player recruitment program. I think they deserve their settlement. Don’t you?

  • Absolutely, but when I hear “settlement” I think of two things. The first being OK, good, the victim has received some form of compensation for their trauma. But secondarily, it becomes a way for the perpetrator to escape justice. Sure, they take a monetary hit, but they remain at large in society to possibly commit the crime again.

    Rather than allow this to happen, there should be a system in which no amount of money is enough to buy your way out of having to conform to the social contract that we are all obligated to adhere to.

  • This is the bit I find disturbing: “Although no one was convicted in the attacks, …”

    We could look at this in terms of yes there were consequences, but who were they levied against, primarily? The institution? The resident responsible adults? Sure there is some level of accountableness at that level, but who determines what that is? What about the young people who perpetrated the deed? A thorough sweep of all the department heads and it’s back to business as usual. When are the actual rapists held accountable?

  • Jill C.

    Haven’t read your blog in a while! I’m working at CU Boulder now, and when this news broke, it was a shock to the community. I wish I was at liberty to talk with you more about the details of this case. Hopefully CU can push forward and learn/change/grow from this experience. Hope all is well in Corvallis!