Testimony #31

“I can't get into the details of the many stories of abuse, intimidation, and violence I know of because they are the stories of the people around me. My family, my friends, my men-tees, my former students, my classmates--I am surrounded by a tide of horror. As a woman, I feel as though I have spent my whole life waiting for that tide to hit me too.

And I know that no matter how I try to protect myself and the people around me, it is a tsunami too big to dodge, stop, or fight my way out of.

And I know from this collection of stories surrounding me that these survivors' cases were inconsistently handled by Princeton's Title IX office. Some were protected; some were neglected. Some abusers were handled fairly, given rehabilitative counseling or punished; some were not. Some abusers were never even close to accountability because the survivor felt they could not trust the Title IX office or did not want their abuser punished but handled in a way the office does not provide. Some abusers did not commit acts "bad enough" to be Title IX violations and there was no mechanism to correct their shitty behavior.

Princeton needs to help protect its students from drowning.”

— Anonymous Princeton Undergraduate Student