Campus Sexual Assault Stories

The Stories of Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault

Huffington Post, 7/21/14: Brown University Becomes Latest Ivy League School Under Federal Investigation

The investigation of Brown, an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island, began July 10. It was the result of a complaint filed by Lena Sclove, a Brown student, in May.

"OCR will examine Brown University’s handling of complaints and reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to determine whether Brown has responded promptly and effectively, with particular emphasis on complaints of sexual assault," Christina Brandt-Young, senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum, the nonprofit group helping Sclove, told The Huffington Post Monday. "This will include Ms. Sclove’s case."

The New York Times, 7/12/14: Reporting Rape And Wishing She Hadn't

She was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and suddenly disappeared.

Around midnight, the missing girl texted a friend, saying she was frightened by a student she had met that evening. “Idk what to do,” she wrote. “I’m scared.” When she did not answer a call, the friend began searching for her.

In the early-morning hours on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, the friend said, he found her — bent over a pool table as a football player appeared to be sexually assaulting her from behind in a darkened dance hall with six or seven people watching and laughing. Some had their cellphones out, apparently taking pictures, he said.

The New York Times, 5/3/14: Fight Against Sexual Assaults Holds Colleges to Account

Emma Sulkowicz said she knew it would be awful to go before a disciplinary panel and describe being raped by a fellow student, but nothing prepared her for what came next. She said one of the two women on the panel, a university official, asked her, repeatedly, how the painful sex act she described was physically possible.

CBS New York, 4/7/14: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Seeks Funds To Fight College Campus Sex Assaults

Emma Sulkowicz, a junior at Columbia University, said she was raped on the first day of her sophomore year and her attacker, who is suspected in at least two other sexual assaults, was never brought to justice.

“The school dismissed all three of us,” Sulkowicz said. “It horrifies me that the voices of three women were not heard. I am sad to say that I now understand why so few survivors come forward.”

Harvard Crimson OpEd by Anonymous, 3/31/14: Dear Harvard, You Win

I’m writing this piece as I’m sitting in my own dining hall, only a few tables away from the guy who pressured me into sexual activity in his bedroom, one night last spring. My hands are trembling as they hover across the keyboard. I’m exhausted from fighting for myself. I’m exhausted from sending emails to my resident dean, to my House Master, to my Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment tutors, to counselors from the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, to my attorney. I’m exhausted from asking for extensions because of “personal issues.” I’m exhausted from avoiding the laundry room, the House library and the mailroom because I’m scared of who I will run into.

Buzzfeed, 3/26/14: Inside The Sexual Assault Civil War At Occidental College

One Occidental student alleged that two weeks after speaking publicly about her assault at a campus event — calling for the school to take students’ concerns seriously — she was told her work-study job in an administrative office was being eliminated at the end of the semester. The basis for the decision, she was told, was a specific conversation she and another complainant had with a third party about sexual assault issues in the office. (Both students said that they didn’t remember this conversation, according to the complaint.)

“I thought these were people I could trust and now I feel like they are waiting for me to mess up at something for an excuse to fire me,” one of the students said in the complaint. “I feel that I’m being watched carefully by my employers for anything I say or do that might give them a reason to treat me unfairly; I feel like they are trying to limit my voice on campus.”