Don’t Abandon Sexual Assault Investigations


Target: Christina Paxson President of Brown University

Goal: Investigate dropped sexual assault case thoroughly.

Brown University of Rhode Island supposedly stopped looking into a date rape allegation under suspicious circumstances. It was reported that the Ivy League university blames the labs for false results, and cites this as the reason to halt the investigation. For the past two years Brown has been investigated by the Department of Education due to their behavior regarding sexual assault incidents.

Two Women who desire to have their identities be unknown claim that a drug was put in their drink at a fraternity party. After they drank it they began to feel different, and one of the women said a man that didn’t belong to the fraternity but went to Brown sexually violated her. The lab tests were performed and stated that GHB, a drug used in date rape, was in their systems. According to Huffington Post, a member of the university’s sexual assault task force said that “There was a concern raised because the individual who allegedly administered the GHB at the party, his father is a member of Brown’s corporation and donated a lot of money to the school.”

Sexual assault is a very serious accusation and should be investigated as such. Even if this incident is not true, Brown should examine it to the fullest. They can get another lab to do the test. This isn’t the first time the Ivy League university has been accused of not looking into these type of charges. They need to change their outlook and provide justice for victims. By not investigating further, they are not only hurting the alleged victims but also their families and friends.

By signing this petition you are declaring that sexual assault allegations should be investigated to the fullest extent. You are saying it is unjust and hurtful for a university to just stop investigating.


Dear Christina Paxson,

Your university has been reported to have stopped looking into a sexual assault case that occurred at a fraternity party. It was also reported that the reason stated for the halting of the investigation is the validity of the lab reports. However, you can get another lab to go over the findings. You can also go over stories and witness accounts. It was said that one of the accused’s father helps your school financially. If this is true, that is terrible because no one should ever care about money over the needs of a student.

I’m urging you to open up the investigation again for the sake of everyone involved, the accusers and the victims. If it is found that the victims are not telling the truth, then the accused’s name is clear. On the other hand, if it is found that the victims are right, they should get justice for a horrific and violent act they endured. This case can set a precedent for another to come to say your university has a strict policy regarding sexual assault.

Please reopen the case. By stopping the investigation you are saying that claims of this nature are not significant.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Catherine Alquier says:

    True is the best in this case to turn the page.

  2. Vicky Cole says:

    Awful how the past violence against women that was ignored or taken for granted is still present today, reading in the paper how an assault against a woman by a Nigerian doctor was excused as ‘cultural differences’, I wonder if some don’t think its cultural in the UK and U.S as well?

  3. Karen Remnant says:

    What a lovely, caring attitude!!! Who would want to study at such a place?? Students welfare coming 2nd to money!

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