Almost two years ago I was raped by a fellow student, Thomas Hiura, at my college, Carleton College. Last term I finally felt mentally stable enough to report him and seek aid from my school's administration to make campus safe again and protect me and other students from further harm and trauma. This past week the administration finally gave their final verdict: they recognize that I was incapacitated and therefore incapable of consenting, as well as that I did not consent, but that there was not enough evidence to suggest whether or not Thomas knew I was incapacitated. In other words, my school recognizes that I was raped but because my rapist claims he didn't know he was raping me, they didn't want to hold him, or themselves, responsible. Powerful and wealthy institutions such as Carleton College care more about their reputations and money than they do about the safety and health of their students. They use Title IX to protect themselves by avoiding responsibility and pacifying survivors rather than to do something and end campus rape. This is unacceptable and I urge you, if you've ever experienced sexual assault, to make your voice and your experience heard. Because, yeah, it's hard for us now. But after enough of us are heard, after more assaults are reported, survivors will start being taken seriously, and one day we'll have protected some other individual from harm and trauma. If you want to talk or join in on the movement, please DM me. Thank you for hearing my story.
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