This week, The Herald published a four-part series, “Silent Violence,” examining the experiences of victims and accused perpetrators of sexual assault at Brown. Though the topic of sexual violence on college campuses has recently dominated national news, there has not been a thorough discussion of how sexual assault plays into life on College Hill.
The first article in the series, “Under the surface: Sexual assault at Brown,” takes an overarching look at the culture on campus, focusing on the effects gender, alcohol and drug use, and differing definitions of consent have on students’ perceptions of sexual assault and those who experience it. This article also introduces a few of the victims whose stories the later articles cover in greater depth.
The second article, “Victims of sexual assault confront challenges of reporting,” offers a more detailed narrative of students who have been sexually assaulted at Brown, examining their experiences with various steps in the University’s systems for reporting and prosecuting sexual misconduct cases. Continue Reading