Sad experience in my life that has put me in contact with victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault might give a different perspective. It is a crime that victimizes the victim many times over through the process of justice.
So, simply ticking off boxes based off of recommendations is good, but it can be better. To perhaps illustrate this further without giving out too much information maybe I can explain that victim who is close to me’s recent experience of being assaulted on campus. As mentioned the process for her to report is extremely difficult for a victim (it is by nature) and when she did seek some help someone who should have been her advocate suggested that she meet with the perpetrator for some mediation and to discuss what really happened.
I hope it is obvious why that is a bad idea and a terrible response.
That is just one point in a list of many. But what becomes evident through that is that training for people at the U is still woefully inadequate. Because of that she opted not to pursue further action for fear of further trauma she might experience and the perpetrator continues to walk free.
That got complicated further by the U’s response to the lawsuit by the McCluskey family. On one level I get it and their need to protect the institution as a whole, but for her and other victims it seemed to be a clear signal how they would be treated were they to come forward.
Regardless of that, in almost all instances we CAN and SHOULD do better, and the U needs to signal that they aren’t just taking recommendations but proactively making the campus a safe place for women and for victims of abuse and sexual assault.