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College Rape Survivor Told Not to Report Her Rapist, Drops Out While Alleged Rapist Graduates With Honors

Amherst is supposed to be a liberal institution. The mistreatment of a rape survivor shows just how pervasive rape culture is.

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I eventually reported my rapist.

He graduated with honors.

I will not graduate from Amherst.

As Jezebel reported, Epifano’s story follows on the heels of another Amherst incident which portrayed the liberal college as a hotbed of rape culture. A secret fraternity produced t-shirts for a party showing a cartoon woman beaten, bound and spit roasting over a fire. Before a student blog post drew wider attention to the issue, the administration responded to the t-shirts only with closed-door small meetings and “‘boys-will-be-boys’ comments,” according to the blogger.

Jezebel adds that, following Epifano’s essay, Amherst’s college president has issued a statement: “Clearly, the administration’s responses to reports have left survivors feeling that they were badly served. That must change, and change immediately,” said President Carolyn Martin.

This recent dim spotlight on rape and rape apologists at Amherst — a self-identifying liberal institution — points to a national problem.  Take Back the Night estimates that one in four female undergraduates will be sexually assault at college, while a rape occurs on average every 21 hours on some U.S. college campus.

 

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

 
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