UVrApe Alumni Victims Defense Fund

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Lisa Richey (Col ’03)

Instead of being disappointed in just how badly The University, Our University failed students who are survivors of sexual assault, let’s do something to fix it. I set up a legal defense fund so that victims of sexual assault can consult with an attorney and understand what options they have. We cannot wait for the…more >

Shocked & Outraged for so many reasons

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Jonathan (Com ’08)

Firstly: It’s amazing how we can be so unaware of these crimes happening rampantly every weekend at our school to our peers (particularly Rush season), but I think our unawareness stems from the very unfortunate embarrassment, shame, and fear that rape victims feel afterwards, which is terrible. But I understand that girls don’t just bring…more >


Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Jonathan Segal (Com ’08)

Rape is theft (among many things).
Theft is cheating.
Cheating is a violation of the Honor Code.

Change is Vital, Only Money Will Force the Issue

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by John Reed (Col ’88)

I strongly urge all alumni, companies and organizations that donate money to the University of Virginia cease all financial support until substantial steps have been taken to change the culture among both staff and students at UVA. While the recent Rolling Stone article is surely biased in many ways it brings to light an issue…more >

Outrage and A Need for Change

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Tulip Majumdar (Col ’13)

To whom it may concern,

My name is Tulip Majumdar, and I graduated with degrees in politics and English in May of 2013. After graduating, I joined Teach For America, and I am currently in my 2nd year of teaching at a high-risk school in Dallas, Texas. When I read the Rolling Stone article this week…more >

Making the Grounds Safe for Women

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by John Reed (Col ’88)

I wrote a letter to the alumni association that details my thoughts and I suggest you publish it here. To summarize:
Rape is a federal crime that violates the body, mind and spirit and all the women (students, staff or employees) who have suffered this crime should be encouraged to come forward and prosecute those who…more >

Alumni Demand Action and Transparency

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Audrey Pettifor (Col ’96)

As an alum, former Greek and now a researcher who works understand the root causes of gender based violence and evaluate effective programming to end it, I too was saddened, deeply troubled and upset by the Rolling Stone article. The accusations of administrators and Deans telling young women who were brave enough to come forward…more >

Gang Rape at UVA

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Anne Brown (Nurs ’67)

Penn State, Catholic Church, Rape in the Military, UVA
Please stop insulting the victims with your denial. Too little too late. The administration is not competent to implement a zero tolerance policy because they can’t even say what the zero tolerance is about. This woman is talking about a gang rape sanctioned by many of her…more >

Time for Change

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Joseph Julian (Com ’89)

Like virtually all of the UVA community, I am deeply disturbed by the circumstances in which our beloved institution is receiving so much negative publicity.

First and foremost , my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced the horrors of sexual assault. As the father of three daughters, inlcuding one who is currently a first…more >

What happened to honor?

Submitted on Nov 23, 2014 by Sue Anderson (Educ ’83, Educ ’86, Educ ’92)

More than a century ago, James Hay Jr. wrote “The Honor Men”


(Though written before UVA was coed, I think his words can be applied to both men and women.) To me, his sentiments represent the legacy of the university, which should not only provide an avenue for increased knowledge, but also values to live by.

While…more >

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