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Posted on 12/06/2004 2:33:06 PM PST by Diago
UPDATE ON INCIDENTS AT JOHN CARROLL - December 2004
FROM PATRICK ROMBALSKI
On Wednesday, December 1, I sent out an e-mail to the campus community to make everyone aware of our current investigation into sexual assaults on our campus. Since that time, I have received many concerned phone calls and e-mails from students, parents, alumni and alumnae, the media and the campus community at large, looking for clarification and more information about these sexual assaults.
The purpose of this letter is to clarify some of the information and to assure you that the university is aggressively pursuing both these cases and the more general problem of sexual assault and acquaintance rape of college students.
[Please note: In order to keep the lines of communication open, and the information current, I will be providing updates on progress into this investigation, via the web, so that all the parties listed above will have access to the most current facts. I believe that all who have written and inquired about these troubling, unacceptable and criminal behaviors on our campus, deserve a timely reply. As I have currently answered several hundred phone calls and e-mails, I will now try, through regular updates on the John Carroll home page, www.jcu.edu, to address the lion’s share of the questions in the most timely way possible. As new information about these sexual assaults becomes available, or is revealed through our continuing investigation or as students with information come forward, this letter of information will be updated in an appropriate manner.]
The Incidents at John Carroll
The other three incidents also involve John Carroll students. All of these incidents took place on campus and in the residence halls. The university did not become aware of these incidents until sometime after they occurred. The first of these incidents took place on September 3rd and involved non-consensual sexual conduct. The second incident took place on September 26th and involved the possibility of non-consensual sexual contact. The third incident occurred on November 2nd and involved non-consensual sexual conduct. In short, the first and third incidents involve the possibility of acquaintance rape and the second case does not; but all three involve sexual assaults. It is also important to note that all three men are known to the women.
I am concerned about all of these incidents but especially the most recent because a student may have used a controlled substance to impair the judgment of the woman. This same male is also accused of doing this in another incident, the incident where the woman has not spoken to the Dean of Students. Again, we have limited information about that case.
It is a personal decision whether to report a rape or sexual assault to police, but we are strongly encouraging the three young women who are the survivors of this crime to file charges. Our first concern is their safety and well-being. Secondly, we are committed to apprehending the assailants. A survivor may choose to pursue action through the campus disciplinary system or the University Heights Police Department. The Division of Student Affairs is available to help survivors seek Health Services, both on campus and through the hospital, and support and encourage them to seek counseling through the JCU Counseling Center or through off-campus resources.
Information about Acquaintance Rape
Town Hall Meeting
It should be noted that the university made the decision not to allow media into this town meeting because we wanted all the attendees, in particular our students, to feel comfortable, safe and at ease discussing their opinions and feeling about these attacks.
We are all working for a resolution of this situation and struggling to come to terms with the substance and seriousness of this information. I hope that our Friday town meeting will be just the beginning of not only a dialogue, but actionable items for the short and long term. I plan to call together all interested constituents in the near future to begin pursuing solutions.
The university has distributed information to all on-campus residents and has made information available to all students regarding sexual assaults.
John Carroll University — 20700 North Park Blvd — University Heights, OH 44118 — Tel: 216.397.1886 — Admission: 216.397.4294
First Semester Recap:
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Washington D.C. AIDS Walk
"The Queer Monologues"
The "Real" Girl Drag Show
Browns vs. Steelers Party
Second Semester Tentative Events:
Gay Film Fest
Day of Silence
Tunnel of Oppression
"The Queer Monologues: The Abridged Classroom Version"
OK..today's pop quiz: what's a four letter word for "nonconsensual sexual conduct"..(hint..it starts with an "R" and ends in an "E")
This should be linked to your other JCU thread:
"Stranger rape" is less apt to occur with someone known to the individual...
If it was rape, it would have been called rape. As it stands, I rather suspect "morning after regret" for drunken dorm sex. After, that is, the "womyn's studies" gang got to the young Miss. Er.... Ms.
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