Target: John Thomas, Chief of the Department of Public Safety at University of Southern California
Goal: Prosecute rapists properly and treat victims of sexual assault with respect
Recently, the University of Southern California has come under fire for its insulting and neglectful treatment of students who are victims of sexual violence. The university has failed monumentally in terms of prosecuting perpetrators of sexual violence and in responding to the reports of students who have been victimized. More than thirteen students have come forward to claim that the university was utterly irresponsible, offensive, and dangerous in its response to victims of assault.
One student, Tucker Reed, had provided audio evidence of her ex-boyfriend admitting to raping her, and was dismissed by the university. Reed claims she was told by a USC official that the university was not looking to punish her rapist at all, but to “educate” him. Another student claims she was told that women should not “go out, get drunk, and expect not to get raped” when she tried to report her rape. Most outrageous, a Department of Public Safety detective told yet another student that she hadn’t been raped because her rapist did not orgasm.
These abuses of power and insults to rape survivors everywhere are indicative of the larger problem of an insidious rape culture across United States college campuses. When a university official feels comfortable telling a victim of sexual assault that she had it coming, in so many words, and a detective responsible for bringing these rapists to justice is so ill-informed that he thinks rape doesn’t occur unless the rapist orgasms, there is a serious, systematic problem happening on this campus. These sorts of issues make it clear that colleges like the University of Southern California have no interest in creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and safe for women to be educated. The lead complainant in the case, Tucker Reed, says “there is an overwhelming disregard for women and students going through trauma, and they traumatized them further”.
The University of Southern California is now facing federal investigation for its failure to properly investigate and respond to rape allegations from its students. Please sign this petition to let the University of Southern California know that they cannot sweep victims of sexual assault under the rug anymore, because the nation is watching.
Dear John Thomas,
Recently, the University of Southern California has been under federal investigation for its unwillingness to respond properly to victims of sexual assault, and its utter failure to prosecute rapists for their crimes despite being given ample evidence to investigate these claims.
I am writing to tell you that this is absolutely unacceptable. Your university’s callous response to victims coupled with the complete ignorance of officials and detectives about what constitutes a sexual assault is shameful. You have caused untold damage to victims of assault who were already traumatized by the horrific crimes committed against them. You must remedy this problem immediately, and uproot your entire Department of Public Safety to ensure that every single official understands how to treat victims of sexual assault and how to proceed with prosecution for those responsible.
[Your Name Here]
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