I have now heard from what seems like every segment of the Holy Cross community that retaliation by the administration of the college is a serious and well known problem. The college administration is always retaliating, I’ve been told. The situations sound strikingly familiar. I begin by telling my story, many of the ways I’ve experienced retaliation. Then nearly every person from Holy Cross that I have spoken to has told me other examples they know about.
So maybe God put me on this path for more reasons than I dared to see at the beginning. Maybe it is time to make sure the College of the Holy Cross changes. My little Vigil for Justice began because the past president violated my privacy and never took responsibility, ignoring all my communications. But after I began the little Vigil, I soon learned that the college comes down hard on people who speak up about problems. That became a reason to continue the Vigil for as long as it takes. I then learned that the current president, Philip Boroughs, breaches confidentiality very recklessly and permits his staff to lie about it. And then the college made false accusations that I had trespassed, and then threatened me.
So, now there are even more reasons to stay with this Vigil for Justice for as long as it takes. How can the college threaten me with bogus assertions that I trespassed, when the college has never done anything to arrest the Jesuit who sexually assaulted me? It seems this Vigil is slowly but surely going in the direction it must go, highlighting the constant retaliation and the failure of the college to turn in the Jesuit perpetrator. I’ll write more about this soon. It is still sinking in.