Former Title IX coordinator: 'Baylor set me up to fail'

Patty Crawford went on national television Wednesday, saying Baylor "set her up to fail from the beginning." Rebecca Lopez reports.

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University has been under fire for its handling of sexual assault cases on campus, and are on the defense again -- this time from an insider.

The school's former title IX coordinator, Patty Crawford, went on national television Wednesday morning to tell her story, two days after her resignation.

“I think Baylor set me up to fail, from the beginning, in November 2014,” she said.

An independent investigation by the Pepper Hamilton law firm found that Baylor mishandled sex abuse cases, and, in some instances, impeded criminal investigations.

Crawford’s job was to make sure the university implemented recommendations made after that scathing report.

But she said the university wouldn’t do it.

“I think they cared more about their brand than the students,” she said.

Her lawyer, Rogge Dunn, said Baylor retaliated against her for trying to do her job. She’s filed a federal civil rights complaint.

“She has tried to get Baylor to do the right thing and they have refused to do so,” he said.

Baylor, which announced Crawford's resignation in a press release Monday night, has claimed she is out for money and asked them for $1 million and the rights to a book and movie deals.

Her lawyer strongly denies that allegation.

“I think the smear from Baylor for this woman is reprehensible,” Dunne said. “They don’t like the message, so they attack the messenger.”

The university is currently being sued by multiple women who claim Baylor failed to adequately investigate their allegations of sexual abuse.

The lawyer representing the majority of victims said Crawford’s allegations do not surprise him.

“There really has been no accountability,” Jim Dunnam said. “It’s more talk and no action.”

Crawford’s lawyer wouldn’t say if Baylor gave her any money to go away, and said all of that is protected by law.

Baylor said it continues to work to better relationships with students and handle future cases the right way. 

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