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.