“We strongly urge the College to take more time to craft the right policy and work with outside resources who have the requisite expertise on these issues, including Title IX and Clery Act legal experts, local law enforcement, the county prosecutor and the local rape crisis center.”
The following speech was delivered by David Lisak, Ph.D. on July 14, 2014 at the inaugural Summit on Sexual Assault, which was held at Dartmouth College. Thank you President Hanlon and Dean Johnson for welcoming us to Dartmouth. And thank you for stepping up as an institution to organize and host this conference, as well as the critical…
We, Dartmouth alumnae and alumni, are united in support of all survivors of campus sexual assault, violence and harassment.
“We feel that there are clear flaws in our Greek system and we acknowledge our role in re-creating these flaws, through processes such as Recruitment and on a daily basis.”
“I attended a competitive boys’ grammar school in a country where the drinking age is 16 (and hardly enforced). There was bullying, insecurity, occasional violence. However I am appalled by the pledge process at many of Dartmouth’s frats, which take this to a level I did not know existed.”
“I now understand why this was the first and likely the last Dartmouth rape trial.”
“We suggest that the College take this opportunity to work through the problems it consistently references when it’s suggested that the College’s reporting system(s) could be improved to better address repeat offenders.”
“[Sexual assault] is a big and complex problem, but all the evidence points to Dartmouth being at the worse end of the national variation, and in dire need of some structural change.”