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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"Those of us with the power to speak must speak" -Staceyann Chin College student doing some reflecting and soul-searching. Will occasionally write about the immigrant diaspora, sexuality, religion, social justice, loss, and offer advice. Most of the time it will be scrambling for answers to questions I don't know the answers to. I write as a way to express what otherwise might be forgotten in passing. I write to heal, I write to forgive, and I write for equality. Thanks for reading about bits and bobs of my little life. Keep on smiling. Profile picture is a series of body art photos done by Chinese artist Huang Yan by the way. Feel free to look him up if you're curious. View all posts by Classyasfemme

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