An anonymous group of Columbia University students got tired of their school’s seemingly ambiguous attitude towards sexual assault allegations and took matters into their own hands. They’re scribbling so-called “rapist lists” on the walls of women’s room stalls.
The names of the same four men appeared in each instance. They are all current undergraduate students at the university, and include a musician, a prominent writer for a school publication and a varsity athlete.
This is possibly in response to the school’s lack thereof in such matters. Last month, a group of 23 students filed a lawsuit against Columbia, alleging that the school had violated both Title IX and the Clery Act by failing both to notify its students of sexual assault and to protect its students from perpetrators. According to the complaint, students were discouraged from reporting rapes, and when they did, the perpetrators were given light slaps on the wrist and allowed to remain on campus.
Well, now the university is paying attention. It had maintenance workers scrub down the walls to remove all traces of that offensive graffiti. According to the school’s conduct code, vandalism can result in serious disciplinary action.
Now, stacks of flyers have been deposited in the restroom stalls. They list the same four names and a message.
To the Columbia community: Stay safe, protect and support each other, and always always always make sure to have sober, enthusiastic, continuous consent.”
Bathroom communications of this sort are not new. In 1990, a list that grew to more than 30 names appeared on Brown University’s campus, inspiring an in-depth article by the New York Times about the ever-growing problem of sexual assault on campus.
That article is now older than most of the undergraduates now affected by the same issues.
h/t Columbia Lion.
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