A female softball player at St. Joseph’s University said she and other freshmen were forced to simulate oral sex on wine bottles, drink alcohol even though she was on medication and underage, and even simulate the coach having an orgasm, according to a new lawsuit.
The Jesuit school and its softball coach Terri Adams allowed a culture of abusive sexual hazing on the team that eventually forced the 20-year-old plaintiff, identified in court papers as Jane Doe, to give up her scholarship and leave the school.
The plaintiff says she experienced most of these acts in the fall of 2013 during what was known as an “initiation week.”
The lawsuit claims Adams “never put a stop to such misconduct and instead endorsed it by allowing it continue and actively engaged in such misconduct herself.”
The lawsuit says the upperclassmen called Jane Doe and other underclassmen as “scum” or “low level swine.”
TV station 6ABC reported in April that four students were suspended amid hazing allegations, and one suspended player reportedly wrote a letter in which she admitted, “our team had a welcome freshmen week, there is no denying that.”
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, seeks undisclosed damages.