Target: Kevin O’Neill, Executive Director of the Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee
Goal: Don’t roll back protections for college sexual assault survivors.
Lobbyists who want to reduce protections for sexual assault survivors at universities around the country are going to wine and dine lawmakers in Washington soon to get them to support their campaign. College sexual assault survivors don’t need fewer protections than they already have, they need more. Demand that these lobbyists cancel their campaign.
The Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is the political arm of Greek life at universities around the nation. In light of the controversy that has stirred up around fraternities and the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses, the FSPAC is launching a new lobbying campaign that will help their Greek organizations escape scrutiny and accountability in the future.
Among its goals, FSPAC is trying to convince Congress to pass legislation that will ban universities from being able to temporarily suspend fraternities in the wake of an alleged sexual assault and prevent fraternities and sororities from having to go co-ed. Most extremely, however, it is also trying to convince lawmakers to do away with a university’s right to hold its own trial against an alleged rapist until a formal criminal trial against them has already been completed.
Universities need to be able to address sexual assaults that happen on their campuses at once because the criminal justice system moves at much too slow a pace to adequately address the safety and security of students. Sign the petition below to demand that FSPAC abandon its campaign to enact these horrible policies nationally.
Dear Executive Director O’Neill,
I am writing you today regarding your political action committee’s upcoming lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. Your refusal to acknowledge the problem of campus sexual assault and your support for the Greek system as it currently exists is disgusting.
Suggesting that a college or university should wait until a formal criminal adjudication process is completed before it can respond with its own internal judicial process into allegations of sexual assault betrays a profound misunderstanding of the issue at hand. After a sexual assault is reported, the school has a responsibility to protect both the accuser and other students from the alleged assaulter. It needs to ensure that no one else is victimized—even if the veracity of the allegation is not certain—and it needs to do it immediately.
A college is able to meet this requirement because its internal judicial process usually only takes a number of weeks. Criminal proceedings, however, can take years—by the time a trial finishes, both the accuser and the accused could already be out of school. Time is a luxury colleges cannot afford when it comes to sexual assault investigations, but that is exactly what you are advocating for.
Your organization’s campaign is misguided and will do nothing but make colleges and universities even more unsafe than they already are. I demand that you and the Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee abandon this lobbying campaign at once so none of your regressive policies ever have the chance to endanger anyone.
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