In April, more than a dozen Dartmouth students protested the university’s alleged racism, homophobia and mishandling of rape cases during a presentation for newly accepted students, which is actually pretty awesome. Last week, Dartmouth joined three other schools in filing an official complaint with the Department of Education over these issues.
In an ideal world, this would probably be a wake-up call to administrators. They would say, “Huh, it seems like students are really upset and we have a real issue on our hands. Let’s come up with some ideas to make sure rapists aren’t running around on this campus like kids in a candy store.”
But alas, that’s too much to ask from an Ivy League school, apparently. Today, student activists tweeted this picture:
A 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.
Last 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.