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Op-Ed: Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real

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(And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.)

Last week, a Department of Education official made comments trivializing incidents of campus sexual assault that involve alcohol. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, comments on how the official's comments and those who rush to her defense represent a failure on the part of the Department of Education to challenge the systemic disbelief of survivors' narratives.

Excerpt: "There is something deeply wrong when those in position to enforce Title IX align themselves with the tired, outdated, misogyny-drenched narrative that victims lie about sexual assault. DeVos and Jackson can claim otherwise, but Jackson’s self-described 'flippant' remark unintentionally revealed that that is precisely the narrative the new leadership at the Department of Education may be embracing."

Read the full article, "Sexual Assault On Campus Is Real. (And I Can't Believe I Have To Say This In 2017.)," on the WGBH News website.

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Sitara Zoberi
Sitara Zoberi was BARCC's communications and marketing intern for the summer of 2017. She is a recipient of the Lumpkin fellowship at Wellesley College.

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