Recently I blogged about the ‘safety report’ released by the University of Washington and it’s certainly inaccurate assessment of incidents of rape and domestic violence in the UW community. Inaccurate was putting it lightly. Not in the stratosphere of reality would be a better assessment of what really amounts to a public relations document.
My entire point is that students and parents just want to know what’s going on in the community that they live in. Simple. You and I know that colleges have a phobia towards anything that can adversely effect their vaunted reputations. So we will never get an accurate assessment as long as administrators are involved in illegal crimes on campus.
Then the Amherst story blows up. One brave student tells her story in the school paper. You may still ask why victims don’t report? Why reported cases don’t get included in college safety reports? This is a classic example. It is so classic it inspired victims from other campuses to come forward because her story was just like theirs.
The prescription for rape on campuses is suck it up. If you can’t then maybe you need to go elsewhere. That is the approach of campus culture. College administrators can’t have too many victims coming forward because then the truth comes out. This truth is a system that discourages and silences it’s victims. A culture that has institutionalized revictimization.
We don’t believe you. If you want to continue down this road then it’s up to you to prove that you were violated here. That’s the essence of revictimization.
This takes me back to the UW safety report and the number of reported cases on campus for the 2011 school year.
Whose reality does that number represent? It certainly doesn’t represent the students on campus. In the end, it only protects the rapists, who will strike again. We know what the administrators will do. What will you do?