CofC finally takes sexual assault allegations seriously (my latest column in the City Paper)
I have a couple of other articles I hope come out fairly soon. I'll keep you posted.
Let me say that not everybody will agree with me, but I'm proud of the College of Charleston on this issue. As the title of my column suggests, this year they approached this issue with the seriousness and attentiveness that it deserves.
The City Paper folks wanted to be sure they didn't publish anything that would get them sued, so they toned down some of my outrage. For instance, in 1994 the provost suggested in a written document to the alleged abuser that he be "more aware of the need to avoid situations and activities which, though apparently innocent and well-intended, may furnish the factual foundation upon which serious allegations of misconduct may be erected."
I then went on to suggest that the activities this faculty member allegedly engaged in were hard to frame as "innocent and well-intended." Am I allowed to say this on my blog? Uncertain--I guess we'll find out. If I get sued, at least it'll be a good story, right? A story I can potentially tell in my Gender and Violence classes years from now.