There is a trigger warning for this post and the accompanying comment section, which discuss sexual assault and institutional responses and non-responses to it.
Art Credit: Annie Rodrigue
Nearly three years ago—on Wednesday, May 7, 2008—Middlebury students, staff, and faculty asked what we still consider to be a very important question:
The Department of Public Safety’s Annual Crime Report tells us that there are still only a handful of reported cases of sexual assault at Middlebury each year. Likewise, our sexual assault policy remains the same, although—around 2.5 years after its inception—the Sexual Assault Oversight Committee has indeed presented a proposed new sexual misconduct policy to the SGA.
Our questions for you:
- What are your thoughts on the complaint brought by Yale students against their university, alleging a Title IX violation because of the “sexually hostile environment” the school has created?
- It’s been three years since our community called for quick action on these issues from the Administration. What can be done outside the Administration to combat sexual harassment and violence at Middlebury College?
- Preceding the May 2008 protest was an online speak-out called “Mend the Silence” urging people to “tell [their] stories” and “discuss [their] fears.” What are your stories and fears of encountering the College around sexual assault and harassment (i.e., handbook policy, administrators, judicial trials and their results, etc.)?
- How is Middlebury like Yale?
You can comment anonymously. We do ask that you be cautious about using names; initial comments must be approved before appearing in order to prevent harm to our community members. We also welcome feedback about this campaign, and invite you to our next meeting this Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 P.M. in Axinn 104, where we’ll be discussing this and much more.
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