Dartmouth College rape survivor shares her story on Tumblr

imgresA very brave survivor from Dartmouth College — whose name is not listed — created a powerful Tumblr called WhereIsMyJustice, in which she recounts waking up in the hospital after her assault and dealing with the traumatic aftermath.

The author is one of several Dartmouth students who joined  survivors from Swarthmore College, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California last week to file an official complaint with the Department of Education because their schools did not properly handle rape cases.

Check out the first post here and keep visiting her Tumblr for more updates. Here is one of the most heart-wrenching passages:

“I feel like my heart is being ripped out, while I am being stabbed in the back”. This is how I feel after being raped, after being mistreated by a College I once loved with my whole heart, and after learning that my sorority was more concerned with their social success, over what they viewed as my personal issue (of being RAPED). I will delve into more of the details in further blog posts of issues I have only skirted the surface of in what is the beginning of an account of betrayal, pain, healing, and a search for JUSTICE.

To the very brave author, please know that you are not alone. Thank you thank you thank you for speaking out.


Dartmouth, Berkeley among four schools accused of mishandling rape cases

urlLast week, students at four universities — Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California — filed complaints to the Department of Education, saying their schools had violated federal sexual assault reporting laws.

Some of the students alleged their universities had violated Title IX regulations and created “hostile environments” for survivors on the campus. Others argue the colleges violated the Clery Act, a federal sexual assault reporting requirement. The activists, joined by attorney Gloria Allred, are urging the Department of Education to investigate these claims. If found guilty, the schools could lose federal funding.

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Teenagers who gang raped girl at gunpoint will be charged as adults

Three Chicago teenagers who gang raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and then posted video footage on Facebook will be charged as adults, according to the Huffington Post.

The teens — Justin Applewhite, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Scandale Fritz, 16 — each face one count of aggravated criminal sexual assaults and are each being held on $900,000 bond. The grisly details of the rape, which occurred on Dec. 15 in Fritz’ home, can be found in the original Chicago Tribune report.

The day after the assault, the young victim went to the hospital and reported her rape to the police. On Dec. 17, the three assailants shared the video footage on each of their Facebook pages.

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Sexual assault education pilot program to launch at the University of Maryland

url-1This news is a bit old, but good news is so rare in our work that I thought it would be a good place to start. Full disclaimer: I wrote the proposal for this pilot program and worked very closely on it, so take my reporting with a grain of salt.

Starting in fall 2013, about 30 percent of UMD’s freshman class will be required to attend a Violence Intervention Program (VIP) workshop by the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, according to UMD’s student paper, The Diamondback. The 75-minute-long workshop will heavily on bystander intervention, giving students the tools to be positive bystanders and actively fight sexual violence on the campus.

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Pleased to meet you

urlHello, world. Welcome to The Campus Haven, your resource for news on college sexual assaults.

These days, it seems like every other day there is news of some high-profile university mishandling a rape case. We know that rapes are happening all the time.  We know we live in a terrible, victim-blaming rape culture. We know that victims seldom report their assaults.

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