Yale is Missing a HUGE Opportunity
Dear Engaged Bystander: Yale likes to think that when they speak the world listens. In this case, the world is listening to an incredibly disturbing incident. If you have not heard, on October 13, a group of pledges from a Yale fraternity marched through a part of the Yale campus where most of the freshman women are housed chanting “No means Yes, Yes means anal!” They continued with “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I f*ck dead women, and fill them with my semen.”
- She could have described in her letter WHY she was outraged by this incident.
- She had the opportunity to educate people about the problem and talk about how according to the Department of Justice, one in four women will experience rape or attempted rape while at a college or university.
- She had the power to show the potential impact on the entire Yale community and demand that the young men do community service, to publicly make amends for what they had done. She could also have simply asked each of these young men to make a formal public apology to his mother, or sister or friend for what he did.
- She should have modeled for the country how to set a tone of respect for a university that has zero tolerance for any form of sexual disrespect, harassment or assault.