Alumni support

Please support the SCAR Defense Fund.

Because the University of Southern California has not taken any legal action in protecting its students, Trojan survivors of interpersonal violence have been forced to pursue justice and protection out of their own pockets. The costs of legal counsel have weighed greatly on each and every one of these students, especially when combined with individual costs of counseling and rehabilitation, as many do not feel safe discussing these matters with the University.

For this reason, SCAR is campaigning to establish a fund to help defray the legal fees for student victims of rape.

No one who is victimized and then forced to shoulder the burden of pursuing recourse should have to face the additional burden of affording mounting legal fees.  SCAR strongly believes that student victims should not be expected to assume the responsibility of legal bills on top of the cost of school tuition and college loans.

It is SCAR’s hope that through this campaign, we can establish a precedent of providing financial aid to students — male and female — who pursue legal action for sexual violence that occurred while working toward earning their degrees.

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Alumni support, Resources, SCAR in the news, Self advocacy

SCAR has been overwhelmed by student, alumni and parent support regarding the administration’s handling of Tucker’s sexual misconduct case.  We’ve received messages all day asking what should be said and who it should be said to.

FORM LETTER for CURRENT STUDENTS:

FORM LETTER for ALUMNI:

FORM LETTER for PARENTS:

NOTE:  PLEASE CC SCAR’S OFFICIAL EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN KEEP A RUNNING TALLY ON THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS THE ADMINISTRATION RECEIVES.

studentcoalitionagainstrape at gmail dot com
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Please email your letter to SCAR as well as to the following administrators:

University President C.L. Max Nikias at
president@usc.edu
Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson at
mjackson@usc.edu
SJACS director Raquel Torres-Retana at
torresre@saemail.usc.edu
SJACS adjudicator Lindsey Goldstein at
lgoldste@usc.edu

SCAR form letters for concerned Trojans and allies

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Alumni support, Self advocacy

SJACS dismisses Tucker Reed’s sexual misconduct complaint

“This office acknowledges that [the two students’] perspectives on the sexual intercourse differ.”

Regardless of which “perspective” USC prefers to accept as “more likely” based on a “preponderance of the evidence” — it’s not okay to call rape “sexual intercourse.” It’s not okay to tell a rape victim her rapist is a “good person.” It’s not okay to refuse to let an advocate sit in the room with that rape victim, and then badger that victim when she’s alone until she starts crying. It’s not okay to never contact witnesses, and to schedule interviews with certain witnesses two weeks to a month down the line. It’s not okay to take six months to render a decision in something that should have taken 60 days or less. It’s not okay.  Trojans deserve better.

If you are as bothered by the pattern of deliberate indifference exhibited by SJACS commitee members Raquel Torres-Retana and Lindsey Goldstein — University staff in charge of adjudicating reports of sexual misconduct — as we are, we encourage you to email the administration involved in handling these matters:

University President C.L. Max Nikias at
president@usc.edu
Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson at
[Mr. Jackson is now on sabbatical, so he will not be answering for the violations he let occur on his watch.]
SJACS director Raquel Torres-Retana at
torresre@saemail.usc.edu
SJACS adjudicator Lindsey Goldstein at
lgoldste@usc.edu

ETA:  In light of recent developments, SCAR is respectfully requesting that our official email address (studentcoalitionagainstrape at Gmail) be CC’ed on all emails sent to the above individuals.  We want to ensure that the administration accurately represents the volume of correspondence received regarding this issue.

And if you have been exposed to the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards committee — specifically Raquel Torres-Retana — please contact us confidentially using the form below:

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Alumni support, Resources

Interested in contributing to SCAR’s efforts?

ETA:  In light of recent developments, SCAR is respectfully requesting that our official email address (studentcoalitionagainstrape at Gmail) be CC’ed on all emails sent to the above individuals.  We want to ensure that the administration accurately represents the volume of correspondence received regarding this issue.

SCAR has received an outpouring of support from the Trojan community in response to media coverage of the issues facing students such as SCAR co-director Tucker Reed.

Several alumni have offered to donate to Tucker’s defense, and we are consequently taking steps to establish a fund for Trojan survivors who may face legal fees that interfere with their ability to cover tuition costs and pay back student loans.

But there are several avenues of support that are invaluable to raising awareness about this important issue within the Trojan community:

  • Voicing your concern (by way of letter or email) regarding the wording of current policies.
  • Voicing your concern regarding the application of current policies.
  • Voicing your concern regarding the discrepant treatment of victimless crimes such a plagiarism (which can result in suspension and expulsion) and felonies such as sexual assault and rape perpetrated against fellow students (which result in “educative” sanctions such as essay-writing.)
  • Requesting to join SCAR’s private Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/487745974613280/
  • Submitting your own stories of administrative leniency regarding sexual misconduct.

For any questions on how else you can contribute to SCAR’s goal of eliminating interpersonal violence on the USC campus, do not hesitate to email us at studentcoalitionagainstrape at gmail dot com.

FORM LETTER FOR USC ALUMNI

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