Target: University of North Carolina student Landen Gambill
Goal: Support student Landen Gambill’s decision to speak publicly about her rape despite alleged honor code violation
A University of North Carolina sophomore, Landen Gambill, has been called before the UNC Chapel Hill Honors Court for an alleged honors code violation after she spoke publicly about her rape. Gambill faces expulsion if the Honors Court finds that she has violated university ethical and honors codes. Gambill has been called to court under suspicion of violating the following code: “Disruptive or intimidating behavior that willfully abuses, disparages, or otherwise interferes with another […] so as to adversely affect their academic pursuits, opportunities for University employment, participation in University-sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of University Life.”
Although Gambill never identified her rapist in public, the accused student took measures against her by filing a complaint in court – a complaint that the University of North Carolina took seriously. It is important to note that after Gambill reported her rape, the university told her to go through the Honors Court, which found her rapist not guilty and allowed him to remain on campus. He currently lives across the street from Gambill. Gambill told reporters that while giving her a “fair and impartial hearing” the court asked her “victim-blaming questions, like why I hadn’t left him earlier or why was I ever alone with him,” instead of questioning the alleged attacker about his actions. After being promised a fair trial, Gambill was blamed for the abuse she suffered. UNC now suggests that the Honors Court will give Gambill a “fair” hearing regarding her honors code violation, and insists that the call to court has nothing to do with the legal actions Gambill has taken against the university.
The University of North Carolina’s response to Landen Gambill’s rape and reporting of her rape has been despicable. Its reaction could not be worse. From the mishandling of the case, to the perpetuation of rape culture, to its absolutely ineffective sexual assault policies, UNC has shown that it is incapable of dealing justly with this horrendous attack. At this time, it is important to stand by Landen Gambill and to defend her against the injustices she is facing so soon after suffering a severe trauma. Sign the petition below to show your support for Landen Gambill.
Dear Landen Gambill,
After you publicly spoke out about your sexual assault and your treatment at the hands of the University of North Carolina’s administration, you were called to the UNC Chapel Hill Honors Court for a hearing concerning an alleged honors code violation. I am deeply disturbed that your university would take such allegations seriously when you have only called public attention to the horrors of sexual assault and the handling of such cases by university officials. You never once mentioned the name of your alleged rapist, nor did you in any way vilify him or slander his name. To face an honors code violation in such a case seems more than unfair.
I am disappointed with UNC’s treatment of your case. From the mishandling of the case, to the perpetuation of rape culture, to its absolutely ineffective sexual assault policies, UNC has shown that it is incapable of dealing justly with this horrendous attack. I am writing today to offer my support for your cause and to tell you that I stand by you. Silencing survivors is a despicable act.
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