There has been a lot discussion about women being $exually assaulted on college campuses and then feeling violated a second time when they report the attacks and the institutions allegedly mishandle the cases.
While outsiders can not not know for sure, it appears that many colleges and universities prefer to downplay or sweep [email protected] cases under the rug because they are afraid of bad publicity.
It would be troubling if colleges and universities are putting their reputations and public images ahead of students who have had horrible experiences, often being attacked by students who are also part of the institutions’ communities.
One woman, Wagatwe Wanjuki, has taken the brave and courageous step to speak out about her story. In the video below, she discusses what happened after she was $exually assaulted on a college campus.[leadplayer_vid id=”539B6163DB8F0″]
According to Huffintonpost.com:
Shortly after noon on Monday, Wagatwe Wanjuki sent out a tweet about what it was like to be a rape survivor.
Wanjuki, 27, took to Twitter after reading a June 6 Washington Post column by the conservative writer George Will that suggested there was no campus rape epidemic and that women were lying about being victims of sexual violence. In his column, Will challenged widely accepted statistics on sexual assault and declared that “victimhood,” as in being the survivor of such an assault, has become a “coveted status that confers privileges.” To that, Wanjuki responded:
Where’s my survivor privilege? Was expelled & have $10,000s of private student loans used to attend school that didn’t care I was raped…The #survivorprivilege of being too scared to leave my dorm for fear of running into my perp.
Wanjuki’s hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege went on to trend widely among people sharing their experiences as survivors of sexual violence. Their voices became part of a widespread backlash against The Washington Post for publishing Will’s column.
“It was mind-boggling that someone would think there’s anything to gain by coming forward as a survivor,” Wanjuki told The Huffington Post. Survivors face ridicule, attacks and threats, she said, and it’s “just not a pleasant experience.”
Wanjuki first became public as a survivor in 2009, when she was a student at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Wanjuki says she was assaulted multiple times by a fellow Tufts student she was in a relationship with, but when she tried in 2008 to report him for a campus adjudication, the university told her their legal counsel said they didn’t have to take action. This was back before the U.S. Department of Education made it crystal clear in a 2011 Dear Colleague letter that universities had an obligation under Title IX to respond to reported sexual violence.