Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Colleges Hide Rape? What Nonsense ...

... or at least that's what many people were saying last year when the Duke case sparked on-campus protests.

There were no similar protests in the days after Laura Dickinson’s sexual assault and murder in her dorm room at Eastern Michigan University last December. But why?

The answer is simple and appalling. Neither her family nor her fellow students knew her death wasn't from natural causes as they had been led to believe. Her murder wasn't disclosed as required by a federal statute which was enacted after another female college student, Jeanne Clery, was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University dorm room back in 1986.

If the police in Michigan hadn't made an arrest of a fellow student 10 weeks later, it's unknown if her family and fellow students would still believe a lie. If the police had decided to ignore this crime and not process the evidence for some reason there would have been no outside pressure to investigate.

Those who scorn anti-rape protests on college campuses still seem to want to believe a lie and still want to label those who protest as paranoid nutjobs.

When colleges and universities change so women don't have to worry that their administrators are actively working to suppress the existence of sex crimes and rapists on campus and suppressing or blocking criminal investigations, the angry protests will go away naturally.

In the meantime many people will continue to disdain those who will keep the pressure on their administrators until they know they will put the safety and protection of students above the public image of the institution.

For more information on this case and on the Clary Act check out the Shakesville post on this case.

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At June 21, 2007 9:50 AM, Blogger Seeing Eye Chick said...

It never ceases to amaze me how individual administrators and others in positions of authority, will abuse that position to try and "quell" the fears and concerns of others, in order to ensure that affected parties will not cause a "Big Stink," and create a "Scene."

Because we all know that a Protest Scene is way uglier than a cordoned off Crime Scene.

You know that is why movies like Jaws scare us so. Its not the damn shark. Its the authorities trying to protect their public reputations and their bottom line, while denying there is any danger, or that any additional action needs to be taken.

The shark? No its the idiotic denial of community leaders that causes my visceral response.


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