Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Why Should I Care?

Take Back Your Campus

Written by Nora Niedzielski-Eichner

Kristen Gabriel was raped three weeks into her freshman year at Adelphi University. She had no idea what to do, and it wasn’t until she found a pamphlet sitting on a bench in Adelphi’s Student Union several months later that she even knew she could report her assault to her school. Gabriel decided to go through the process of reporting her attacker, a fellow student, to her school’s disciplinary committee, a process that traumatized her all over again. She was asked accusatory questions about what she had been wearing and whether she had been drinking. There were no female police officers for the investigation, and no women on the hearing board. She was never offered counseling. Gabriel says of her experience, “I felt like they were using me as a tool to get this person out of school.” He had been accused of other misconduct, including dealing drugs and throwing glass bottles at professors. She did not feel that their primary concern was helping her.

 

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