The accounts of colleges’ indifference are chilling.
“Are you sure it was rape?” an Amherst College student reported being told. “You should forgive and forget.”
At Harvard University, “my house master and my dean encouraged me to forgive my assailant and move on,” wrote an anonymous undergraduate.
“Why does Tufts want rapists on this campus?” wrote a senior who said his assailant was found responsible for sexual assault by Tufts University, but was initially only given probation.
Testimonials like these from sexual assault victims — some writing anonymously, others stepping fully into the spotlight — have poured out in student newspapers and on blogs on one campus after another in the past year and a half from Emerson, MIT, Brandeis, Brown, and others across the country.
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