The male student at Stanford who was accused of sexually assaulting Leah Francis has filed two separate lawsuits accusing the University of gender discrimination during the review process that led to his suspension.
According to a government release earlier today, Stanford University was one of the four universities added to the list of schools under review for the handling of sexual assault cases by the Office of Civil Rights (OCS).
We as students can and should expect our administration to play a proactive role in addressing violence against women, rather than waiting to institute change until public anger surfaces. Thus, I urge SARA to live up to its name and not treat relationship abuse as an aside, casually slapped on to the end of an acronym, but rather address it with the severity that its victims and survivors deserve.
The recent events at Stanford are horrifying and tragic. A freshman, varsity swimmer, Brock Turner, was arrested and charged with five felonies for allegedly attempting to rape an unconscious woman outside of a fraternity. He was stopped by two cyclists that saw him on top of the woman and then held him until police arrived on scene. At the age of 19, Turner faces up to a decade in prison. As the campus reels and the story unfolds, there are important lessons to be learned.
As the executives enter the home stretch of their one-year term, we interviewed Woodson, Richard and their chief of staff, Jordan Shapiro ‘15, as well as members of the ASSU Senate and Executive Cabinet, to evaluate the executives’ work so far.
While Stanford has a concrete definition of sexual assault, the SARA Office affirmed that before even consulting legal definitions, it is first up to the survivor to define what happened based on how they feel. I personally do not want to press charges; we both strayed blindly into grey areas that night. Luckily, I came out the other side without any traumatic emotional scarring or depression. However, not everyone may be so lucky if put in this situation. Never once have I called this woman my “attacker” or “assailant” because I didn’t emotionally respond as though it were an attack or an assault. To me, she’s just a student that made a mistake. However, she does deserve to know that what she did is defined as sexual assault. What she does not deserve is expulsion. We need to understand that we can’t solve these grey issues with black and white statements and punishments.
Super Tuesday columnists Aimee Trujillo ’15 and Johnathan Bowes ’15 take perspectives on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments that ‘no’ can mean ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it. Trujillo argues that these comments have no place in the public sphere as they only perpetuate rape culture, while Bowes argues that firing Limbaugh would actually be counterproductive to those same aims.
Freshmen have flooded onto campus, ushering in an era of delicious food at dining halls that, somewhat like freshmen enthusiasm, lasts about two weeks. For now, though, they’ll sit enraptured by their Three Books discussion, learn about life on the Farm and probably all express their interest in pre-med and gleefully make plans to take…