Blaming the Victim

The latest best example of blaming the victims of sexual crimes is occurring right now in Sayreville, New Jersey.   Freshmen athletes were hazed in violent ways by varsity football players in the locker rooms after practice.   Apparently this “hazing” went on for years and was accepted and ignored.   Recently the hazing was seen for what it is — sexual assault and sexual harassment.   Football and baseball coaches were suspended.   The season was canceled.

And now?  There is a witch hunt to find out who complained, who caused this mess.  The young freshmen whose accusations led to the investigation are being publicly shamed.  One of the young victims who spoke up said he wanted to kill himself.

This story struck a chord with me because the ONLY thing I have experienced from the administration of the College of the Holy Cross is abuse for speaking up.   They retaliate, violate my civil rights, and breach privacy commitments made to me.   It has taken a severe toll.   The administration of the College of the Holy Cross knows it takes a severe toll and that’s the way they want it.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/10/the_big_test_for_sayreville_editorial.html

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