Paula Lavigne & Mark Schlabach: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Paula Lavigne & Mark Schlabach


Paula Lavigne

Paula Lavigne is an ESPN investigative reporter working primarily for the Outside the Lines brand on television and online. She is a specialist in data journalism and statistics. Her work has won several awards, including a 2014 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for an investigative series on high-stakes gambling in youth football. She worked previously as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, The Des Moines Register, and The News-Tribune in Tacoma, Washington.

Mark Schlabach

Mark Schlabach is one of the country's most respected college football reporters and columnists through his work with ESPN. He is a regular contributor to ESPN TV and radio programming, such as Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, College GameDay, and College Football Live. He previously worked as a college football and investigative reporter for the Washington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author or collaborator of more than a dozen books, including seven New York Times best-sellers.

Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special: As the world's largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. It condemned any sex outside of marriage, and drinking alcohol was grounds for dismissal. Students weren't even allowed to dance on campus until 1996.

During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior.

Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor's handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach. For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they've been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. A culture reigned in which people believed that any type of sex, especially violent non-consensual sex, simply "doesn't happen here." Yet it was happening. Many people within Baylor's leadership knew about it. And they chose not to act.

In VIOLATED, ESPN investigative reporters Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach provide readers with a shocking narrative of sexual crimes committed against women and a university's culture that kept them quiet. VIOLATED: EXPOSING RAPE AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY AMID COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS is scheduled for release on August 22, 2017 from Center Street, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.

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