On a similar vein to what happened at Amherst a couple months ago:
(Please be warned there is a trigger warning)
another personal account:
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:
and sign the petition to keep survivors safe here:
Also, a video done by celebrities against common things said to survivors:
Please spread this message to your loved ones. Demand justice and never stop fighting for what you believe in.