Recent Stanford graduate Alexis Kallen ’18 has traveled around the world to gain a deeper understanding of human rights abuses and hopes to pursue a career as an international human rights lawyer.
Construction began last week to replace so-called “Scary Path,” the dirt trail connecting residences near Lake Lagunita, with a paved, lighted walkway called the Knoll Path. Scary Path, which is near the site of former Stanford student Brock Turner’s sexual assault conviction, drew widespread criticism from students in recent years for being unsafe.
Over the past few years, a diverse array of student organizations have sought to combat sexual assault on campus. Their initiatives have included workshops, conferences, student groups and collaboration with the administration — all of which tackle different aspects of the issue, including efforts in education and prevention, data transparency and University accountability and adjudication.
A committee has approved plans for the new Knoll Path, which will replace “Scary Path” between Lake Houses and Lomita row. It will likely be completed in the summer.
In December 2016, almost two years after my first walk down the path, representatives on the Working Group approved Scary Path for construction and reported that all permits had been obtained.
The path between Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF) and Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity house, known to students as “scary path,” has been recently fenced off with bollards and chains on both sides and a sign barring entry. However, some students believe more is needed to make the path safe.
The Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP), formally known as One in Five, held Parents’ Weekend informational class sessions on Saturday. The sessions aimed to educate parents about the prevalence of sexual violence on campus in order to inspire action and raise awareness.
The 528-foot-long “scary path” is a dark dirt path that extends from the paved road between the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest to the back of 680 Lomita. The shortcut has become notorious among students as a place where the threat of sexual assault looms more strongly than ever. Although no reports of incidents of sexual assault on the path itself are currently available, former Stanford athlete Brock Turner was found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in the woods surrounding the path last January.