Keeping in rhythm of recent uproar over the backwards thinking about rape certain people are making public, I think it is important that this article is read. We all need to get on the same page here. Assault, abuse, harassment, and rape: all evil, unfair, and unnecessary. Devaluing and undermining what a person has gone through will never be acceptable. A rose is a rose is a rose, no matter how badly torn apart it is. So, don’t you ever say it is anything but.
(Dana Bolger)–[Trigger warning for sexual assault]
Dear Amherst College community:
The photographs below feature eleven men and women who were sexually assaulted at Amherst College and the words that members of our community said to them following their assaults. Not every survivor is holding his or her own sign; some of the students have transferred or dropped out of Amherst out of fear of their attackers’ continued presence on campus or from lack of options in the face of an unsympathetic administration.
Many of you were shocked to read Angie Epifano’s story. Most of us in the survivor community at Amherst were deeply saddened but not surprised to learn of her experience with the College administration, since it so closely mirrored our own.
I have followed our college community’s reactions to Angie’s story. The outrage toward our school’s administration is just and appropriate. That our administration owes a…
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