Pepperdine has had a long history of being an unwelcoming place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people, including being listed...
Even in an era when abandoning babies on hillsides was acceptable and accused criminals could face death by wild animal, Livy's account of Rome's transition from monarchy to republic are ten of the wisest words written about responding to a survivor of rape.
This blog is part two in a series outlining the horror stories caused by campus adjudication and clear lack thereof. These stories are very important to clarifying the extreme injustices happening on our college campuses. I hope you will continue to read the series.
Brock, it has been three weeks since your name scarred headlines across every publication in the nation. It has been three weeks and I still flip through the details of the Stanford rape case in my head each day. I think about the powerful statement made by Survivor and by your own parents' public pleas. I still think about those now infamous twenty minutes.
I am so sick and damned tired of no one giving a damn about the victims, and only caring about the future of the abusers. If this is you -- take a damn seat. You are enabling future abusers and are complicit in their actions.
It may be tempting to think that the situation in the U.S. is ages ahead of other nations, particularly those that are experiencing conflict. But this is not the case. As the case of former Stanford University student Brock Turner shows, impunity for sexual violence remains a problem in the U.S.
While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.
The sexual assault case involving Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, along with the light six-month sentence he received, has brought the problem of sexual assault on college campuses -- especially those involving college athletes -- back into the national spotlight.
While watching the live broadcast of the celebration of Muhammad Ali's life, I was reminded of a few things he embodied, namely the Olympic Spirit. In a year in which nations will compete in the Summer Olympics in Brazil, it was the Olympics that provided Ali an international platform to showcase his athletic prowess which subsequently led to his ascension as a sportsman and an unapologetic, principled fighter of justice and equality.
Stanford must find a way to move from institutional betrayal to institutional courage. Stanford will do this if the university cares about its students, the community, about ending sexual violence. Stanford will offer a sincere apology if it cares about being on the right side of history.
If you were angered by the Brock Turner case, by how his father dismissed his actions, then I encourage you to hold on to that anger. Think about the anger you felt over Brock Turner if someone you know is accused of rape.
If the only time we discuss these issues and take action is when it's a big news headline, an unintended consequence is that silence will be perpetuated by people's fear of being the next headline on the evening news. No thanks.
We can't be good fathers as long as we tolerate the epidemic of sexual assaults against young women and girls.
I suspect that the author of this article was trying to show support for the survivor in his own way, and I respect his attempt. However, as a society, it's important that we all examine our own preconceived attitudes about sexual assault, and we must think about how our attitudes can be harmful to survivors.
Asking what tips to give your daughter implies that victims of sexual assault are somehow responsible for keeping themselves safe. And that's not only untrue, but it's sexist. No one is responsible for rape except the rapist.
Let's stop pointing at the few bad apples for a moment, and look at the whole damn rotting orchard. It's not enough to bring Brock Turner to justice or call him sick in the head, we must also look at him as a symptom of a problem we are a part of.