Archives for the month of: December, 2012

Break the Silence at Vassar


“Break the Silence at Vassar is an online community dedicated to highlighting the importance of ending personal violation through the sharing of personal stories.”


UNC sexual assault victims speak up about imperfect system

(Caitlin McCabeThe Daily Tar Heel )

“It’s just become a game in which I have had to fight to receive information and general respect that I believe I should automatically be granted as a victim of a violent crime,” she said.

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In Focus: Amherst account inspires Northwestern student to reveal own sexual assault (Lauren Caruba, The Daily Northwestern):

“Earlier this quarter, an Amherst College student garnered national attention for her account of callous treatment by school administrators following her rape. For one Northwestern student, the story was all too familiar.

“‘I battle my memories of the rape every day,’ Weinberg senior Lauren Buxbaum wrote in a Facebook status posted Oct. 18. ‘It consumes me in a way I hope none of you ever experience. The only thing that was holding me together was my life here at Northwestern. And now that has been taken away, and I don’t even have the energy to battle for my life back.’

“…Buxbaum’s story exposes the harsh realities of policies that attempt to balance the safety of individual students with that of the broader NU community. Despite new resources and policy amendments, NU’s response to sexual assault still has its flaws.

“‘Things need to change here too,’ Buxbaum ended her post. ‘Don’t forget it.'”

Rice maintains “happiest students” status by ousting unhappy students

“I have been trying to write this for a long time, but after reading Angie Epifano’s article in The Amherst Student, ‘An Account of Sexual Assault at Amherst College,’ (Oct. 17, 2012) I felt the similarities between our situations reinforced the fact that certain flaws in university administrations need to be discussed.”

It Happens Here – Rice

“Our stories are different, but they have underlying themes- specifically, a lack of responsiveness by and mistreatment from Rice University officials.”