“[He] is a graduating senior, so some people may wonder why I care anymore. He’ll be gone soon enough, so what if the school didn’t do anything? When he was first found responsible, I was told that the purpose of these sanctions was to help him learn from this. It is clear to me he hasn’t learned anything, and that scares me. When he gets his diploma, he will officially be a representative of what Macalester stands for, and I fear that he will represent my school as a place that protects rapists at the expense of the people they victimize.”
Absolutely incredible and brave article by a female student at Macalester College in Minnesota. Read about her experience here.
Sorry to whomever submitted this — it got lost in the mix and I’ve been meaning to upload it for awhile!
Biden for the win
“Biden described his initial push for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the early 90s, when “nobody thought very much of it.”
VAWA was not only meant to address domestic violence, he said, but also to bring about a cultural change about how women should be treated.
Biden said the reason it’s so hard for abused women to leave home and get help is because of the shame they feel. 'They don't want to get raped again by the system,' he said, according to a White House pool reporter.”
Did you know the average “undetected rapist” (one who has not been convicted or served jail time) rapes 6 times? (source: BARCC)
Tufts University, a school outside of Boston, MA, has historically had problems dealing with sexual assault allegations. Similar to other colleges, their policies surrounding sexual assault have drawn scrutiny from students and members of the community. The policies have been revised over time. Now, students from Tufts have drafted an open letter to their university administration asking for more policy change.
You can add your name to the list of signatures in support of this policy shift here — and please do so!
*** abort, abort! they only want this to spread/raise awareness of it for now and get only tufts students to sign. so feel free to pass it along, but don’t sign if you’re not a tufts student. ***