Stop Punishing Victims of Sex Crimes

0704-01 GCS April 2007

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April 6, 2007

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Target: Kevin J Worthen, President of Brigham Young University

Goal: End practice of investigating and punishing victims of sex crimes.

Victims of sex crimes are claiming they are investigated and often disciplined after reporting their abuse at Brigham Young University, a disturbing process that critics claim discourages victims and enables violators. According to multiple reports, BYU students who reported being sexually harassed or raped were subjected to investigations related to the school’s Honor Code, which punishes students for minor violations such as breaking curfew or consuming alcohol.

This policy is dangerous because it contributes to the notion that the victim is at fault. Rather than provide support to these students, the school attempts to find a way to blame them and discredit their case. Sign the petition below and make it clear to the BYU administration that universities should be less concerned with maintaining their public image and more focused on protecting their students.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Worthen,

I am writing to express my extreme concern about recent reports concerning the persecution of sex crime victims on your campus. According to multiple reports, students who reported sex crimes found themselves under investigation for violations of the Honor Code. While I understand your school’s obligation to upholding its rules and regulations, these vulnerable students need support, not blame.

Minor violations should not invalidate a student’s claims about more serious offenses. This trend contributes to the culture of victim-blaming that permeates sex crimes, and I urge you to please address this issue and help your students instead of attempting to discredit them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jaren Wilkey

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