Virginia Gang Rape Case: Are Universities Hiding Their Assault Problems?


Last week, Rolling Stone published a graphic and horrifying story of a gang rape that allegedly occurred at a University of Virginia fraternity house in 2012. A student named Jackie did not report her assault to the police but did share her story with a dean responsible for dealing with sexual assault. Jackie tried to find statistics about sexual assaults at UVA but couldn't find any. She says a dean told her, “nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.” Even after more complaints of gang rapes at the same fraternity, the school apparently did not open an investigation until this year.

Slate says, “The gist of the piece is that survivors of rape and sexual assault are shuffled into a system that all but encourages them to stay silent and avoid the criminal justice system.” A more devastating accusation: Everyone at UVA knew this was a rape school and no one did anything to stop it. Now President Teresa Sullivan says all the school’s fraternities have been suspended effective immediately. Slate contends that UVA is the rule, not the exception, and asks whether “we think universities are moving toward solving the campus rape problem or inadvertently colluding in hiding it?”

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