Thursday, June 15, 2017
Didn't take long for a victim cultist to use the Oregonian hit piece as a capitalistic venture, did it?
Interestingly, Brenda Tracy wants to be a voice for the "voiceless" yet loses her voice once asked how what she advocates would have helped in her case. Maybe because she doesn't want to admit it would not have helped?
Brenda Tracy lobbies NCAA Power 5 schools for tougher stance for athletes with sexual violence records
Updated on June 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM Posted on June 12, 2017 at 1:04 PM
BY ANDREW GREIF firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Tracy is asking Power Five conference schools to get tougher when it comes to sexual violence.
In emails sent Monday to each president and athletic director of the NCAA's Power Five schools, Tracy lobbied for the immediate adoption of a policy, first implemented by Indiana University in April, that "disqualifies prospective student-athletes with records of sexual violence," according to a copy of her email.
Tracy is a survivor of a 1998 gang rape involving football players at Oregon State University and first told her story in 2014 to The Oregonian/OregonLive. She has since become one of the country's most prominent advocates for victims of sexual violence and has spoken to teams at more than 30 universities across the country. In addition, Tracy has helped craft legislation and serves on an NCAA committee whose mission is to combat sexual violence.
On Monday she took her request directly to top officials in the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences.
"If we are going to end sexual violence on our campuses then we must do our due diligence and stop recruiting and accepting violent athletes onto our campuses," Tracy wrote in her email. "If we are going to change the current culture of violence then we must stand together, united as one in solidarity and send the message that human life matters more than winning games."
Tracy's request comes days after The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Oregon State star pitcher **** pleaded guilty in 2012 to a single charge of sexually molesting a 6-year-old family member. ***, now 21, registered in Benton County as a sex offender once he enrolled at OSU two years later, but was cited in April by a Benton County sheriff's sergeant after missing an annual update.
[Note: The article fails to mention the citation was dismissed, but don't let facts get in the way
OSU officials have not said when they became aware of ****'s conviction.
Indiana's policy disqualifies any prospective student-athlete "whether a transfer student, incoming freshman or other status, who has been convicted of or pled guilty to or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence," which covers dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or other instances of sexual violence as defined by the school.
To uphold the policy, Indiana conducts a criminal background check on every prospective student-athlete.
In a phone interview, Tracy said she had considered lobbying universities to implement Indiana's policy before, but the revelation regarding Heimlich's past increased her urgency.
"This fire got lit under me," she said. "I feel a real strong, [self] righteous anger about where are we as a society going to draw the line?"
Initially, Tracy said she considered reaching out only to OSU. In 2015, she partnered with the school to enact a policy that requires incoming undergraduate transfer students, and all students applying to graduate programs, to disclose whether their conduct has made them ineligible to re-enroll at an institution they attended in the past seven years.
She opted to broaden her scope to the entire Power Five because "these are the schools with the most influence and power," Tracy said. "Start at the top and let it trickle down. ... It's more than a policy. it's about sending the message that we won't tolerate the violence, and your behavior matters."
The NCAA does not have a policy prohibiting convicted felons from competing, instead allowing its members and conferences to craft their own policies. Likewise at Oregon State, no policy bars student-athletes who have prior felony convictions from competing for the school, OSU AD Scott Barnes said in an interview last week with The Oregonian/OregonLive. Further, neither OSU nor its athletic department asks prospective student-athletes to disclose criminal convictions during the admission process.
Some universities take stricter measures. All students who apply to Oregon must disclose any past convictions and the athletic department clears or disqualifies athletes on a case-by-case basis. At Utah, the athletic director "will not allow known felons to be admitted out of high school," said Liz Abel, an athletic department spokeswoman, in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive last week.
"This policy is an important first step that will make a huge difference," Tracy wrote in her email to schools. "By implementing this policy we are telling our communities that we care and that the safety of our students is paramount.
"... If we can set boundaries and expectations on grades then we can set boundaries and expectations on violent sexual behavior."