There are excellent news stories about how poorly sexual assault reports are handled around the globe, and especially in the United States military.
One especially good series of stories is in the San Antonio Express News. The paper did a series on how the military handles reports of sexual assault, emphasizing throughout the series facts that show military victims of sexual assault are betrayed by the military too — betrayed two times, by the perp and by the military. http://www.mysanantonio.com/twice-betrayed/
The report presents evidence that victims are often retaliated against, face false claims of mental disorders, and then find investigations into themselves.
This is my experience at Holy Cross. When I reported the sexual assault to former president Michael McFarland, he promised strict confidentiality — that no one else would know my name, where I lived or my story. The college lawyer confirmed it, but explained as the college lawyer he needed to investigate. It wasn’t easy, but I gave him permission to talk to specific people for a limited time. THAT is the confidentiality promised to me by Michael McFarland SJ and Dennis Yesalonia SJ.
But Holy Cross screwed up badly, for a long time — more than a decade.
Then the new president of Holy Cross retaliated: banning me from campus, putting my name on an internal list without asking for permission and with no emergency, conspiring with other Jesuits and their lawyers against me without ever asking for permission and without any emergency, dropping me from being a class agent for the Alumni Association after MANY years when there was no reason for them to have my name about THIS, not letting me attend Fr. Brooks’ funeral — without any good reason, and filing a complaint against the professional license I earned a few years after I graduated from Holy Cross.
It adds up, and it’s difficult.
After YEARS of seeing that letters about problems are ignored by the college, I began a Vigil for Justice at Holy Cross.
I will be there for as long as it takes for the college to accept responsibility.