Laura Penny 
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Re: “The recent sexual assault allegation highlights the need for change

Thanks for writing this Allison. It is a culture and it bothers me tremendously that usually the women do leave the institution, while the men stay. Somehow we are making a climate which is unbearable for the victims and yet comfortable for their attackers. And I believe this is from the lack of substantial social/professional repercussions for the alleged rapists. The institution is barred from officially telling us who they are. If they can blame their victim in a legal sense, they escape without any consequences. But what if they knew that every professor they faced, every staff member they dealt with, was aware of what they were accused of? The victims themselves can tell us and we can, unofficially tell each other. To be clear, I am NOT saying that every person accused of rape is guilty. But just as the victims are told that they need to be 'smart' and not put themselves in compromising positions. If you put yourself in a position where a sexual partner might dispute his/her willingness, there can be repercussions. Not just legal ones, but also social/professional.

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Posted by Laura Penny on November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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