Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"I want every chancellor, on every campus -- I want to see their action plan," Reiss said in an interview Wednesday. Reiss also said student activists, many of them sexual assault victims, will have "a direct line to us."

how will it work? what does it mean?
See SJ Merc UC regents to form group to monitor rape prevention, response

Badalich and other advocates -- many of whom have spent months or longer calling for better treatment of victims and more forceful action against perpetrators -- welcomed the news of the regents' involvement, saying they hoped it would make their campuses safer.

As long as the extra scrutiny comes with additional expertise and resources to help the campuses improve their educational campaigns and responses to victims, it will be helpful, Badalich said. If it's just more criticism, she argued, little will change.

Many perpetrators are repeat offenders, said UC Berkeley activist Aryle Butler. That's why she says campuses also need to appropriately punish offenders and to publicize those penalties, which she doesn't feel UC's updated sexual harassment policies do clearly enough.

"One of the things all survivors want is for there not to be more survivors," Butler said. "What I want to see is an unequivocal response from the regents: 'We will not tolerate this. This is what will happen to you if you do this.'"

Hearing the Cal student's story as she waited to receive her award was devastating, said Badalich, herself a victim.

"But that's not uncommon," she added. "Her story, my story, many other survivors' stories are not unique. There are hundreds of other men and women behind her who haven't spoken up."

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