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Why do I not have a BARCC icon? Gotta fix that. 
26th-Feb-2010 11:07 am
Writing - XanaDuMalion
Dear readers:

I'll be writing an article about campus rape for the BARCC blog next week, and I'd like to interview survivors of campus rape for it. Boston-area preferred, but I can broaden the scope if necessary.

If you're willing to be interviewed (and I can use your name or a pseudonym, your choice), please e-mail me at shira.lipkin AT gmail.com.

Thank you!
26th-Feb-2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Wasn't raped on campus (thankfully). Do have a story to share:in the early 90's, my evening class at Holy Names College got out around 9 pm. At the beginning of the semester, acting on advice from my father, I had organized a "walk everyone to their cars" program whereby the entire class left and generally parked in the same area so there was always at least two people together (one guy in the class, all the rest women). If someone parked far away, we arranged for that person's partner to give a ride to the far parker and make sure he/she got into the vehicle ok.

We did our normal routine that night, and were all out of the parking lot in around 20 minutes.

Less than 20 minutes later, a teacher walking back from a different class, alone, was sexually assaulted.

In the aftermath of the incident, we learned that there were no posted guidelines about what actually do to in the event of an assault; the faculty helped the victim report it to the police (and the perpetrator was never found), but the faculty did not seek to establish some kind of rules about what to do if it were a student, specifically because they didn't want to consider (or having the local media consider) that a Holy Names College student could do such a thing.

I think that may be the core of the issue with colleges today; having a policy that respects and helps victims against students of the same college is too close to admitting that the college allows that type of behavior enough to need a policy for it.

27th-Feb-2010 07:20 am (UTC) - too close to admitting that the college allows that type of behavior enough to need a policy for it
That hits really close to home for me, because too many people I've heard from felt betrayed by the way their campuses handled, or failed to handle, assaults. At my college, the resident assistants really needed to be trained to respond and to take complaints seriously. A few of them were too busy getting high, sadly, to pay attention to what was going on, and some of the male ones spread gossip about me. The campus nurse left after dinner, so there really was no one that I knew to contact in an emergency. The main walkways were lit, but it was far too easy to pull someone into the woods on campus or into their car. They posted older students as security guards along the path, but that only helped in regards to stranger rape. There wasn't anything concrete about preventing or dealing with the after effects of domestic violence or acquaintance rape.
26th-Feb-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
I thought of BARCC when I heard a story on campus rape yesterday on All Things Considered. (I had to keep flipping away from it because it triggered me, who has never been raped. Dubious consent within a relationship, though.)
26th-Feb-2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Not in the Boston area, and not a survivor myself (at least not of campus rape), but if you're interested, I have a "friend of a campus rape survivor" story which includes all the horrible aftermath of her injuries, how the school (and the rapist's fraternity) covered it up, the rapist was never punished, and she ended up having to transfer to another college...
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27th-Feb-2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
27th-Feb-2010 06:59 am (UTC)
I'm your huckleberry. If you can read it, I can speak it.
27th-Feb-2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent. E-mail me?
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