Rape Victim's Account Prompts Criticism of Williams College

May 27, 2014

Williams College is facing criticism from students and alumni following the publication in the student newspaper of an account by a woman who writes of being raped there in 2012. In her account, the woman describes being discouraged by college officials from involving the police and being encouraged to rely on campus disciplinary systems, which suspended the student she accused of rape but allowed him to subsequently re-enroll.

Alumni are signing petitions and some are vowing not to donate to the college until its systems change. Williams College officials, meanwhile, have issued a series of statements vowing that they take the issue of sexual assault seriously, and maintaining that they in fact already do many of the things they are being urged to do.

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