Target: United States Board of Education
Goal: Discipline university administrators for brushing aside reports and failing to investigate or report to authorities complaints of sexual violence
University of North Carolina is currently under intense public scrutiny for covering up reports of sexual violence and punishing victims of sexual assault on its campus. Currently, the United States Board of Education is investigating these accusations. The brave victims whose reports of sexual assault were ignored are continuing to fight for justice.
In addition to covering up reports of sexual assault, the University violated federal law by not reporting the crimes to authorities. Victims dealing with post-traumatic stress after their assaults were dubbed “lazy” for petitioning to take time out of classes. Some victims were threatened with suspension and expulsion for speaking publicly about their assault. There is no clear reporting system on the campus, as one victim, Annie Clark, took it upon herself to find out. Clark did not know her rapist and had not reported it to the police; when she told a school administrator about the violence inflicted upon her the administrator likened her rape to a game of football, asking, “If you look back in the game, would you have done anything differently?” When Clark pushed forward with her case, speaking publicly in rallies and with the media, she was threatened with failed grades and expulsion.
As Clark investigated she found numerous examples of the university failing to appropriately address reports of sexual violence. In one case, intimidation charges were filed against the victim for supposedly negatively affecting the alleged rapist’s campus persona. The victims are hoping the investigation will change how all schools react to reports of sexual violence among students. One victim bravely stated, “The time has come for all survivors of sexual violence to demand change and justice.” She couldn’t have said it any more clearly. The administrators responsible for stifling reports of sexual assault and violence need to be harshly disciplined. Sign the petition below to demand justice for the victims of University of North Carolina and the still voiceless victims of sexual violence around the world.
Dear United States Board of Education,
Recently the University of North Carolina came under scrutiny by the Board of Education for not reporting crimes of sexual violence and for threatening the victims while the attackers are still left unpunished. Students who have decided to take a stand against this deplorable behavior have been intimidated with suspension and expulsion. Rather than celebrating these brave young girls for speaking out against sexual violence, the university is rewarding them with further intimidation.
As one sexual assault cover up became public, more and more women have come forth with their own stories of the administration’s failure to protect and support them. The University of North Carolina has not only broken federal law by not reporting the crimes of sexual assault but has also utterly violated the basic concept of human rights. If the university will not provide safety for its students, that responsibility lies in the Board of Education’s hands. It is your responsibility to make sure the administrators of University of North Carolina are punished for violating their students’ rights. I urge you to make sure justice is served to the victims of assault by removing the current University of North Carolina administration from its post.
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