This young woman took to YouTube to describe her experience with being raped at UVA. I think it is important to share her story.
I hope as alumni, we’ll take up her challenge to get angry and demand an environment at UVA where even one rape is seen as a failure rather than the tepid response…more >
Here’s part of the structural issue: this guy Brett Sokolow’s firm trains UVa’s sexual assault committee (and at least 50 other colleges) and he also is hired as lawyer and consultant on sexual assault trials by the same colleges. He is hired to limit Universities’ liability at the expense of sexual assault victims. His firm’s…more >
I have read Sullivan’s remarks to the BOV linked below.
In no way does she mention what has been done wrong by her’s and past administrations. Obviously for these atrocious gang rapes to have occurred repeatedly, being known to at least some deans, something must have been done terribly wrong by Sullivan and by Casteen.
The failure…more >
We are UVA alumnae, CLAS of 1996, and former members of the Greek system. Like so many others, we’ve been devastated by the Rolling Stone article outlining the rape culture at UVA. Devastated, but not surprised.
We call upon all of you to sign our petition to #AbolishTheGreekSystem.
The Greek system does not cause binge drinking,…more >
The responses on this forum understandably run the gamut from shock and sadness to frustration, anger and outrage. They include numerous calls to end the rape culture at UVA. I write to respectfully offer a prescriptive strategy to shift the campus cultural norms from a rape culture to a culture of respect.
A cultural shift will…more >
Just finished viewing the open portion of today’s Board of Visitors meeting to address the implications of the Rolling Stone article. If others tuned in, I’d appreciate hearing their views as well. My immediate observations:
1. Underwhelming. They went around the table and everyone got an opportunity to make brief comments. It was an opportunity to…more >
I attended UVA back in the 80s. We first year students were required to attend a meeting on rape. It was held in a huge room in what were then known as the new dorms. The room was packed and the speaker, a female police officer was barely audible. The students were obviously uncomfortable discussing…more >
As a foreign graduate UVA student, this has not only horrifying but also an immense cultural shock.
From the attacks of white men against other races in the past, to the recent school shootings, to the now unbelievable gang rapes against these men’s female classmates.
As horrible and terrible as this whole sordid tale SCREAMS to be addressed not through committees, months of contemplation, and weeks of discussion, but through swift and decisive action, it is not an Honor Committee matter; instead, this affair must be dealt with (as it was called way back when I was at UVA) the…more >
As a graduate of the College in 1976, I have memories of dorm life in 1972. This was the first year that the university admitted 50% men and 50% women. My first week on grounds in Humphreys, I had a friend from another dorm tell me incredulously that a first year man on his hall…more >