As a University of Connecticut alumnus, my heart dropped this morning when I read that seven current and former female students have filed a civil complaint against the university, saying that UConn failed to protect sexual assault victims and investigate their claims. Represented by Gloria Allred, the women filed a Title IX complaint in court Monday. All of their stories are, in short, horrifying. But the woman's story that strikes me the most? 2013 graduate Kylie Angell (who happens to be from my hometown as well).
Angell was raped; her assailant was expelled. However, just two weeks later, he sat next to her in a campus dining hall and grazed her arm. Frightened, she left immediately and went straight to the university police. There, an officer told her that:
... women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter, or rape is going to keep on happening until the cows come home.
Oh. Hell. No.