In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (aka April) being just around the corner, I’m very belatedly publishing a piece I wrote a few years ago about the manner in which Northeastern University handles sexual assault cases. It’s been over 2 years; what has changed since then? More cases, and not much reform from an institutional perspective. As always, many thanks to everyone involved in this piece, named and unnamed. Your voices are critical.
December 8, 2014
MEGAPHONE IN HAND, HELEN IS LOUD.
Her voice is cracking as she leads a chant at a rally against sexual assault in Centennial Commons at Northeastern University. Later, sitting in a study room in Northeastern’s library, her demeanor shifts. Gone is the chant-leader bounding around, calling energetically for the end of the patriarchy. Now, her speech is slow, her words specific.
It has been two years and two months since Helen—a third-year international relations and anthropology major—was raped. Standing before a crowd on an unseasonably warm November day, she bravely said, “I’ve been silent for too long.” But in the private setting of the study room, she is fidgety, picking at her cuticles and playing with her rings. Continue reading “2014: Northeastern Rally Pushes for Institutional Reform”