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Kimberly R. Arnal
WLALA President 2015-2016
Over the last month, the news and internet has been filled with stories about campus rapes and “rape culture.” Much has been written on the subject, yet not enough could possibly be said about the courage of the victims who came forward to tell their stories with raw brutal honesty; and the people who did something to help – the people who stopped the attacks or reported the crime when others stayed silent.
By now most, if not all, of you have heard about the Stanford rape case and the fact that a former Stanford University student and athlete was sentenced to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the school’s campus. Some of you may have even read the letter she read aloud during the sentencing hearing. The letter is a powerful and courageous retelling of her rape, her struggle to survive and move forward with her life. Two Swedish exchange students riding their bikes across campus spotted the attack and thankfully stopped the assault. They chased the assailant, tackled him and held him until the police arrived.