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Monday, August 26, 2013

Quiet No Longer, Rape Survivors Put Pressure on Colleges

By Libby Sander
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Originally published August 12, 2013

In February, writing on her blog, Tucker Reed identified a classmate at the University of Southern California as the man who raped her.

Ms. Reed, then a junior, included his name, three photos of him, and a detailed account of their troubled relationship.

The post went viral.

Within two weeks, Ms. Reed's apartment became a haven for fellow students who also identified as survivors of rape.

They baked cookies, killed zombies on Xbox, and began writing letters to the university, expressing their dissatisfaction with how it had treated them.

Before long they had formed a group, the Student Coalition Against Rape, or SCAR.

As the Southern California students were finding one another, so were survivors across the country.

Throughout the spring, they exchanged a hail of Facebook messages and tweets, swapping stories, giving advice, and, before long, mobilizing.

The entire story is here, behind a paywall.

Thanks to Ken Pope for this story.

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