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Rape at Occidental College: Official Hush-Up Shatters Trust [LA Weekly]

13 Jul

Rape at Occidental College: Official Hush-Up Shatters Trust [LA Weekly]

Danielle Dirks, an assistant professor of sociology, has firsthand experience with what she describes as the school’s mishandling of rape allegations. After starting her job at Occidental in 2011, she says she was floored by the number of students who came to her office feeling “hurt and betrayed by the administration” after trying to report they had been sexually assaulted by other students.

“People have the idea that this college is kind of idyllic, and our campus is stunningly beautiful and amazing in every other way,” Dirks says. “So it’s hard for them to think, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s going on at Oxy.’ ”

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“The more research that’s done on these guys,” [David Lisak] says, “the more they basically look like other sex offenders,” who also happen to be college kids or friends of college kids. “What is new is that a lot of people have had this schema that one would not find sex offenders on a college campus, and there’s no reason other than we just don’t like the idea. It’s jarring.”

via the Ann Friedman Weekly

 

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