Target: Eric J. Barron, President of Penn State
Goal: Expel all students found responsible for distributing naked photographs of passed-out female students.
Penn State fraternity brothers have been taking naked photographs of unconscious female students and sharing them on a private fraternity Facebook group, according to police. These are heinous charges and if found to be true, the students deserve to be punished to the fullest extent. Demand that Penn State expel all fraternity members found guilty of this without exception.
According to the police, members of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity curated a private Facebook group where current brothers and alumni could post photographs of women who, in all likelihood, knew neither that they were being photographed nor that those photographs would be published online. The women in the photos, who were at least partially undressed, appeared to be either asleep or passed out and consequently entirely unable to consent to being photographed.
When the university was notified, its Interfraternity Council rightfully suspended the Kappa Delta Rho chapter. It plans to conduct its own investigation into the allegations, but any potential punishments for the fraternity members responsible have not been discussed.
This is the kind of predatory behavior that fraternities encourage and that universities around the country have a responsibility to stamp out. This is rape culture at work. Sign the petition below to demand that Penn State show no mercy and expel all the students who it concludes were guilty of distributing these photographs online.
Dear President Barron,
I am writing you today regarding the charges that have recently been leveled against your Kappa Delta Rho chapter. According to police, the members of that fraternity have been distributing naked photographs of passed out women online in a private fraternity Facebook group. The perpetrators must be expelled from your school without exception.
Universities nationwide are under fire for the epidemic of sexual assault that leaves one in five women assaulted during their time at college, and fraternities specifically have been highlighted as havens of the rape culture that contribute to that epidemic. These allegations against Kappa Delta Rho are just another example of why such specific condemnation of fraternities is appropriate. This is gendered sexual violence, and it demands you exercise your full administrative powers against it.
You have already suspended the fraternity pending an internal investigation, but too often universities do that and then never follow through. You need to take a stand against college sexual violence and rape culture. I demand that you expel every student your school’s investigation finds guilty of contributing photos of undressed and unconscious women to this Facebook group, without exception.
[Your Name Here]
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