Stanford football team meets with rape survivor to troubleshoot culture of sexual violence

On what would otherwise have been a quiet April evening, the Stanford football team gathered for its most important meeting of the year.


The keynote speaker Thursday in the football auditorium wasn’t coach David Shaw or a famous Stanford alumnus. It was a registered nurse from Portland with a devastating story and vital message.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Brenda Tracy told the Cardinal players and coaches how she was assaulted, sodomized and gang-raped two decades ago by four men, including members of the Oregon State football team.

She talked about staying silent and becoming suicidal, she answered questions, and she asked the Cardinal to join her in working to end the culture of sexual assault and domestic violence in athletics.

Tracy calls her campaign #SetTheExpectations.

“Certain coaches draw a line in the sand that if you commit sexual violence, you won’t play football,’’ she said by phone Thursday night. “Others don’t set that expectation, and I want all of them to get on the same page.”

Tracy has addressed approximately 30 college teams and many more on the high school level in the past year. She’s a one-woman movement. No publicist – just her story and her message.

“It was emotional, it was real, it was more impactful than I had hoped,’’ Shaw said. “She reached them, and she pushed them.”

Tracy also serves on the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which was formed last year and counts among its 26 members one football coach: Shaw, who was “floored” to be…

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