12.9.16 | Erica Boucher
I am a Tri Sigma, and I love all of my sisters. I love how friendly they are, how much they care, and how much they support me. I also love how even though we may not all know each other, Tri Sigma’s across the nation are there for each other. During the first week of November, a Sigma from Slippery Rock University was sexually assaulted. Her attacker had a hearing for another girl he was accused of assaulting and then the next day had another one for her. He got off scot-free on both accounts.
The VP of New Member Education from Tri Sigma’s Gamma Zeta chapter at Slippery Rock put out a statement explaining the above and then asking for Sigma’s across the nation to post using #SigmaStrong and #IStandWithMySister, and Sigmas across the nation have responded. I would like to join them, but I would like to speak directly to Slippery Rock University.
Sexual assault should never be overlooked, but colleges across the nation do that every day. For most victims of sexual assault, justice is never found. However, I am in total shock every time I find out about yet one more case of sexual assault where the perpetrator is let off without a punishment. I know that at this point where it has become normal I should no longer be shocked, but I can’t help but to always hope that something changes.
I have to say, though, I am finding myself to be even more shocked this time due to the fact that the perpetrator had a hearing about him committing sexual assault two days in a row, and yet still ended up coming out of it scot-free. He will be returning to the university as if nothing ever happened, and I feel disgusted.