Demand Amherst College Apologize to Sexual Assault Victim’s Family for Negligence

Target: Amherst College President Carolyn A. Martin

Goal: Apologize to sexual assault victim’s family for not reporting his case to the district attorney

In June 2012, Amherst College student Thomas Malone committed suicide after being sexually assaulted on campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. Malone had filed a complaint with the college, but had received no help. He dropped out of school before ultimately committing suicide in his distress. Recently, it was revealed that the Northwestern District Attorney’s office never received a report of the assault. Amherst College officials had not reported the assault, even months after Malone had filed the original complaint.

Malone suffered emotional distress for months following the assault. He sought help from Amherst College but received none. He left behind a note in which he specifically blamed the incident and lack of help from the school for his distress. Malone could have received help from the school, but instead the school refused to report the incident to the proper authorities. Malone did not receive the emotional or legal support he needed to move on from the assault.

Amherst College has been the subject of scrutiny recently as many students are coming forward with their accounts of unresolved sexual assault. One former student published an account in the school paper of her ordeal with Amherst College authorities as her rapist graduated and she dropped out of school. District Attorney David Sullivan is aware of the problem, and is currently pressuring Amherst College as well as other colleges in the area to report all assaults. Amherst College destroyed a young man’s life because of their negligence. It is good they are making an attempt to prevent future mishandlings. However, Malone’s family deserves an apology for the original negligence.


Dear Ms. Martin,

In June 2012, Amherst College student Thomas Malone committed suicide after receiving no help from the school after he was sexually assaulted. It was recently revealed that the assault was not reported to the Northwestern District Attorney. This shows clear negligence on behalf of your college in handling this case. Malone sought help from college officials, and no support was given.

I ask you to apologize to Thomas Malone’s family for your negligence in this incident. Amherst College has a history of denying support to assault victims, and an apology will be the first step to righting this. Malone’s life was ultimately destroyed because he did not receive the support he needed from his college, and he received no legal support as the case was never reported. Apologize to his family for the negligence that ultimately led to his suicide.


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