In Jessica Ogilvie’s June 27 piece Rape at Occidental College: Official Hush-Up Shatters Trust, Occidental allies Leah Capranica, Carly Mee, Audrey Logan, Danielle Dirks and Caroline Heldman describe a hostile environment in which, for example, Occidental staff belittle and dismiss the goals of the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition. Ogilvie cites an example of college counsel Carl Botterud accusing victims of vilifying men and announcing that OSAC members could go “fuck” themselves.
The eye-opening article also includes mention of the May press conference held in New York with Gloria Allred and delegates from USC, UC Berkeley, Swarthmore and Dartmouth. SCAR co-president Tucker Reed is quoted discussing the USC complaint, and the federal civil rights and school policy violations alleged therein.
The article also features quotes from Allred and prominent psychologist and activist David Lisak, who offers a compelling argument for why rape is such an under-reported crime. The article mentions how Lisak’s work suggests that 90 percent of college males who commit sexual violence are repeat offenders.
Ogilvie and Heldman also address a shocking but persuasive suspicion:
Colleges and universities have a disincentive to be upfront about rape allegations made on their campuses. If the number of such incidents got out, critics suggest, colleges could have a PR nightmare on their hands — one that could be costly come enrollment time. “The first wave of colleges that tell the truth about rates of rape and sexual assault on campus,” Oxy’s Heldman says, “will take a hit with admissions.”
Please check out Ms. Ogilvie’s complete article at LA Weekly’s website.