Summit: Presentation by Joanne Belknap

Alcohol and drugs do not cause sexual abuse and that’s probably one of the most controversial things I feel like I have said in all of this. People’s basic values don’t change when they’re high or drunk. That I may drink and sing karaoke in a bar, but I don’t drink and hit my child, I don’t drink and kick my dog. That I may do some things that I don’t have the courage to do such as, you know, singing karaoke, that I don’t otherwise, but I’m not going to go out and roll down my window and yell racial epithets when I’m drunk. To say that people suddenly have a completely different value system on what is right or wrong, we have to be really careful about that.

via Summit: Presentation by Joanne Belknap.

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Sexual Violence on University Campuses

“I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue — the rape — was just kind of swept under the carpet,” Lietz, 22, told AOL News in a phone interview. Lietz’s attacker pleaded guilty and is serving jail time. But the university, she says, never told her if he received any disciplinary action from the school, where she first reported the crime.

via Obama Administration Addresses Sexual Violence on University Campuses.

Further Reading re: sexual assault on college campuses go to Sexual Assault On Campus, A Frustrating Search for Justice  Artices and key findings from the Center for Public Integrity

~Staff