WesAlum Recalls Rape

The Hartford Courant recently featured a piece in which Wesleyan alumnus Jaclyn Friedman ’93 remembers the story of when she was raped almost two decades ago.

It’s no wonder that rates of rape in the U.S. haven’t declined at all in the 18 years since I was assaulted at Wesleyan University, where I was a junior.

She laments that the school, at least then, did not act adequately and the risk it inherently imposes on members of the campus community.

When I brought campus charges, he pleaded “no contest” and was kicked out for a semester. He took some classes elsewhere, transferred the credits back when he was allowed to return — without any further penalty — and graduated with his class. I have no idea whether he had raped anyone before me, or if he raped again once he returned — but the school seemed perfectly content to take the risk that he might.

The full story and its gruesome details are available here.  In light of recent happenings, Friedman’s article could better educate the Wesleyan community about this type of act, especially on our campus.

26 thoughts on “WesAlum Recalls Rape

  1. johnwesley

    never mind; I see now that it’s merely referring to the announcements strip on the right.

  2. johnwesley

    never mind; I see now that it’s merely referring to the announcements strip on the right.

  3. Anon

    From the blurb at the bottom of the article:

    “She will be a panelist Tuesday at Wesleyan at a Key Issues Forum, ‘The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence.'”

    Any info on this event?

  4. Anon

    From the blurb at the bottom of the article:

    “She will be a panelist Tuesday at Wesleyan at a Key Issues Forum, ‘The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence.'”

    Any info on this event?

  5. Dennis

    “In light of recent happenings, Friedman’s article could better educate the Wesleyan community about this type of act, especially on our campus.”

    In response: If you mean that the article should raise awareness that sexual assault does happen at Wesleyan, then yes, but NOT to demonstrate that Wesleyan’s response system for sexual assault hasn’t changed in 10 years.

  6. Dennis

    “In light of recent happenings, Friedman’s article could better educate the Wesleyan community about this type of act, especially on our campus.”

    In response: If you mean that the article should raise awareness that sexual assault does happen at Wesleyan, then yes, but NOT to demonstrate that Wesleyan’s response system for sexual assault hasn’t changed in 10 years.

  7. anon

    I believe #3 is an attempted rebuttal (albeit a flailing one) to #2. I interpreted it as:

    “You really believe that the suffering of the ten victims of the ten unpunished guilty men is better than the suffering of one innocent man at the hands of the justice system?”

  8. anon

    I believe #3 is an attempted rebuttal (albeit a flailing one) to #2. I interpreted it as:

    “You really believe that the suffering of the ten victims of the ten unpunished guilty men is better than the suffering of one innocent man at the hands of the justice system?”

  9. anon

    “In light of recent happenings, Friedman’s article could better educate the Wesleyan community about this type of act, especially on our campus.”

    In response: If you mean that the article should raise awareness that sexual assault does happen at Wesleyan, then yes, but NOT to demonstrate that Wesleyan’s response system for sexual assault hasn’t changed in 10 years.

  10. anon

    “In light of recent happenings, Friedman’s article could better educate the Wesleyan community about this type of act, especially on our campus.”

    In response: If you mean that the article should raise awareness that sexual assault does happen at Wesleyan, then yes, but NOT to demonstrate that Wesleyan’s response system for sexual assault hasn’t changed in 10 years.

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