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Discriminatory policies towards sexual assault survivors on university campuses

On a similar vein to what happened at Amherst a couple months ago:

(Please be warned there is a trigger warning)

http://amherststudent.amherst.edu/?q=article/2012/10/17/account-sexual-assault-amherst-college

another personal account:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/savannah-badalich/the-student-government-leader-who-sexually-assaulted-me_b_5207669.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046&ir=Women

Amherst, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard, have all had cases of male assailants involved in sexual assault that were put on probation and reprimands at worst. Even if the assailants were put on probation or their judicial boards were undergoing processes of examining cases of sexual assault, as Brown University now is examining a female student’s case, many female survivors at the above mentioned schools have had to continue their classes (but were probably discouraged to continue as in the Amherst student’s case) while their assailants were also on campus. 

Imagine going through a harrowing experience only to see one’s assailant continuing to share the same spaces as the survivor. Imagine the humiliation, not to mention symptoms of PTSD some survivors experience, combined with the additional stress of academics and seeing the world in a new, darker light.

I can’t imagine, because I personally am fortunate not to have gone through such harrowing experiences.

For those of you reading that are survivors, know that you are beautiful, brave and strong and deserve respect and love. I stand by you in solidarity and am sorry you had to go through so much pain and struggle to survive day by day.

Read the article on the Brown University sexual assault case: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/brown-university-rapist-strangle_n_5201644.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

and sign the petition to keep survivors safe here:  

http://www.change.org/petitions/brown-university-justice-for-lena-and-sexual-assault-victims-everywhere

 

Also, a video done by celebrities against common things said to survivors:

http://www.upworthy.com/these-celebrities-bluntly-silence-the-shocking-sexual-assault-arguments-in-30-seconds?c=ufb1

 

Please spread this message to your loved ones. Demand justice and never stop fighting for what you believe in.

Thanks,

AL

 


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Wait It Out – Imogen Heap

“Everybody says time heals everything”

This is an amazing song which just about captures the existential mood I’m in.
It perfectly sums up the twists and turns of life, sorrows and endless periods of waiting in an array of electronic beats paired with Imogen’s soft but haunting vocals.

Finals will be over soon. These three weeks are trials upon trials but I know I’ll pull through; I’ve certainly done it before and rarely ask for extensions because I’m usually pretty efficient. Time to work now.


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