By now, most of us has seen or heard about the anonymous op-ed, “Not a threat” published in Student Life April 16. It is unfortunate that this is not the first time in the last 365 days that a member of our community has decided to publicize their traumatic experience because of the failure of numerous offices at Washington University.
Sexual assault is a hard topic: It is ugly, it is scary but avoiding talking about will not and has not made it go away.
The op-ed “Not a threat” came out in Student Life on April 16, and the story found inside has shaken this campus. It told the narrative of a neglectful University, a jaw-clenching survivor’s story and a narrative of a repeat perpetrator being seemingly protected by a university system that does. not. work.
I sat in one of the desks of a Seigle Hall classroom. It felt so public; anyone could have walked in and seen me crying as I told my story to the fraternity leadership.
The print edition of today’s newspaper includes an op-ed from Washington University Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Lori White entitled “My heart sank…because I understand.”
When I read the op-ed in Student Life from a student sharing that she had been physically assaulted by a fellow student and suggesting that other students may have been sexually assaulted by the same student, my heart sank.
It boggles my mind how an academic institution can so blatantly teach inaccurate and deceptive information about our nation’s past. The U.S.’s history is at times complicated, dark and horrifying.
I’ve tried doing this the right way, I really have. There has to be a way the University can keep students safe from known threats.
This past Saturday, we, the Wash. U. Graduate Workers Union (WUGWU), took action with Fossil Free WashU at ThurtenE Carnival to demand that Washington University stop its exploitation of graduate workers, St. Louis and the planet.
Today’s newspaper includes an op-ed piece entitled “Not a threat,” written by an anonymous Washington University student.