A member of the 2012 Harvard University men's soccer team, Harvard's newspaper The Crimson has discovered, produced a document known as the "scouting report," a 9-page, graphic sexual evaluation of all of the women's team's freshman recruits. The revelation has rocked the campus and its well-heeled alumni, especially because it appears to be an annual tradition. Again, that's incoming recruits as in girls between high school and college. The document was sent out to the team's Google Group on July 31, 2012.
The document consisted of pictures of the young women taken from Facebook, alongside a 1-10 scale physical evaluation complete with paragraph-long written assessments. The 2012, document, at least, was written by a single individual, however the Google Group record shows it was created after multiple members of the team demanded to know where this year's was. As one upperclassman wrote, "“someone man up and send out a proper scouting report on the incoming freshman [sic] for girl’s team.”
Here's how The Crimson describes the contents:
The author of the “report” often included sexually explicit descriptions of the women. He wrote of one woman that “she looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated"...
...“She seems relatively simple and probably inexperienced sexually, so I decided missionary would be her preferred position,” the author wrote about one woman. “Doggy style,” “The Triple Lindy,” and “cowgirl” were listed as possible positions for other women.
...“She seems to be very strong, tall and manly so, I gave her a 3 because I felt bad. Not much needs to be said on this one folks,” the author wrote about another woman. Concluding his assessment of one woman, the author wrote, “Yeah… She wants cock.”
Neither the current coach, Pieter S. Lehrer (who was not the coach in 2012) nor current team captains have responded to questions about whether more reports were compiled after 2012. That said, Lehrer says he found out about the issue from The Crimson, and will immediately be addressing it with the team. "I hope their seeing how offensive and hurtful this is will be a valuable lesson for everyone involved with this program," said Lehrer.
This comes at a time when Harvard is grappling with issues of sexual misconduct on campus. Last spring, the University convened a task force that released a report on sexual assault prevention. The University's president, Drew Faust, convened the task force after calling the attitude towards consent and sexual misconduct "troubling." It also, obviously, comes during the 2016 election. All that said, many faculty had positive things to say to The Crimson about how the culture of the team has changed since Lehrer took over as coach.
Read more at The Crimson.