The Sex Talk: The conversation that is not happening about campus sexual assault

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She was on the floor of a bathroom in the university student center, shoved there by a guy from her calculus class. A guy she barely knew. He sexually assaulted her and then he insisted on walking her home.

On a different campus hundreds of miles away, a male student was expelled for sexually assaulting a woman he knew in her dorm room. He says he was falsely accused and sued the school.

Sexual assault on campus isn’t an easy conversation to have because it is not an easy topic to unravel.

About 3 million students on campus this fall will be sexually assaulted during their college years.

Countless stories make it clear: The system of how colleges and universities currently investigate and adjudicate these crimes is broken. The elements that surround campus sexual assault – consent, rape culture, alcohol, fear – are confusing and devastating and ever-changing. And the story of sexual assault on campus changes depending who is talking about it and who gets hurt.

We set out to hear from all sides.

Meet the participants:

AUSTIN WORRELL

Austin Worrell recently graduated from Miami University, where he was a member of student government. Worrell created a campus culture committee to bring students and administrators together to talk about the impact of sexual assault, binge drinking, drug abuse and mental health issues and solutions to those problems on campus.

BONNIE MEIBERS

Bonnie Meibers recently graduated from Miami University, where she covered sexual assault and other campus issues for the student newspaper. Meibers said students need to talk more openly about the issue because it does happen frequently and it’s a shame that students don’t feel comfortable reporting to their university.

CAL JOHNSON

Cal Johnson is a recent graduate and former hockey player for the University of Cincinnati. His teammate was accused of sexual assault and expelled from UC.

CHLOE MOTLEY

Chloe Motley is a recent college graduate of Xavier University. Motley worked as a peer educator at Planned Parenthood in high school giving presentations and talking with students about sexual assault, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion and other topics.

CHRISTINA CORL

Christina Corl is a civil attorney who represents colleges and universities that are being sued under Title IX with respect to their investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct. She’s also investigated sexual assault on college campuses and drafted internal policies for universities on how to handle reports of sexual assault.

CYNTHIA GARRETT

Cynthia Garrett is a lawyer and national advocate for students accused of sexual assault. She’s the co-president of Families Advocating for Campus Equality, an organization created to “support and advocate for equal treatment and due process for those affected by inequitable Title IX campus disciplinary processes.”

DAVID SCHOEWE

David Schoewe is the father of a young woman who was sexually assaulted. His daughter reported that she was assaulted by another student the weekend before classes started at the University of Cincinnati.

MICHAEL GRAHAM

Father Michael Graham is the president of Xavier University and a Jesuit priest. Fr. Graham sees sexual assault as the number one student safety issue on college campuses. He said it was important for him to participate in this project to show students and faculty they aren’t alone in tackling this issue and that he takes this work personally.

GABBY DRALLE

Gabby Dralle is the director of the Norse Violence Prevention Center at Northern Kentucky University. Dralle develops and implements policies regarding violence against women, provides training and education around gender-based violence and provides victim advocacy services.

HANNAH SHEPPARD

Hannah Sheppard is a recent college graduate of Xavier University. Sheppard was a resident assistant in a dorm for freshman young women. She was a leader in the office of student life, active student organizations addressing the issue of sexual violence on campus. Sheppard also performed in a play called “Slut Shaming” that tackles the issue and sparked conversation on campus.

JEFF BACK

Jeff Back is a recent college graduate from the University of Cincinnati who was in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He said he recognized a highly prevalent rape culture on campus. Back felt a strong connection to the Brock Turner trial because he had a similar upbringing to Turner. While he was a student at UC, Back explored the privilege that young white male students have and how that relates to campus sexual assault.

JENNIFER MCMAHON

Jennifer McMahon is a police sergeant at the University of Cincinnati. Before being promoted to sergeant, McMahon worked as a detective specializing in sex crime cases including sexual harassment, stalking and rape.

JOHN DOE

John Doe was accused of sexual assault and found responsible while attending a college in Ohio, which got him expelled. He says he was falsely accused. He sued the college, saying it violated his due process rights, and the woman who reported the assault. The case against the school was dropped and he reached a settlement with the woman.

MOM DOE

John Doe’s mom is a woman whose son was accused and found responsible for sexual assault while he was in college. She says her son was falsely accused of sexual assault, but no one at the school listened to him during the investigation and adjudication process.

JONATHON ANDREWS

Jonathon Andrews is a young man who was both sexually assaulted and accused of sexual assault while a student at Hanover College. Andrews, who is gay, says he was assaulted by another male student in his fraternity. Months later, members of his fraternity reported that he sexually assaulted another male student. He was found responsible in that case. Now, Andrews works as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and due process protections on college campuses. He is a member of the board of directors of Families Advocating for Campus Equality.

JOSHUA ENGEL

Joshua Engel is a civil attorney who represents students that have been accused of sexual assault and is a former prosecutor. Engel works to ensure students are given their due process rights in sexual misconduct cases at universities.

KATE LAWSON

Kate Lawson is the Title IX Coordinator at Xavier University. Lawson leads the university’s response and prevention of sexual discrimination, including investigating reports of sexual assault. Lawson has worked on the issue of sexual violence for about 20 years.

LEAH SPROCK

Leah Sprock was sexually assaulted by another student on Halloween night of her freshman year at Miami University. She reported the assault to the school and her attacker was found responsible, but she says she felt like she was on trial throughout the process.

SHAWN BRYCE

Lieutenant Shawn Bryce is a police officer at Xavier University. Bryce interviews college students who are reporting sexual assault, abuse or harassment and starts an investigation into the crime.

MITCHELL PHELPS

Mitchell Phelps is a former student body president of the University of Cincinnati. As a member of student government, Phelps worked to raise awareness of campus sexual assault and improve the processes that address the issue at UC. He says educating students is the first step to solving the problem.

RACHEL GOMBOSCH

Rachel Gombosch is a recent graduate at the University of Cincinnati who was stalked as a student on campus. She’s also a Miss Ohio contestant and part of her platform is raising awareness of gender-based violence.

REBECCA GETSON

Rebecca Getson is the former sexual assault response coordinator at Miami University. Getson interviewed students when they report a sexual assault, offered those students support services and helped investigate the incident.

ROXANNE VAN DAMS

Roxanne Van Dams is a former University of Cincinnati student who has been sexually assaulted multiple times. Van Dams is a leader of a UC student organization that advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault.

RYAN FITZGERALD

Ryan Fitzgerald is a recent college graduate of Xavier University. He was elected vice president of student government and developed a coalition of student groups to lead a campus-wide campaign of events on campus sexual assault. He sees the perversion of masculinity in our culture as a root cause of gender-based violence and believes redefining the concept of masculinity is a potential solution to the problem.

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Surjo Das

Surjo Das is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance copywriter. He has been working in the publishing industry for over 5 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses Worldwide. His work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development, and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and education. He also offers to ghostwrite services to help aspiring authors get their books published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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By Surjo Das

Surjo Das

Surjo Das is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance copywriter. He has been working in the publishing industry for over 5 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses Worldwide. His work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development, and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and education. He also offers to ghostwrite services to help aspiring authors get their books published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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