Testimony #19

“After being assaulted, repeatedly harassed, and belittled in public and in private by an acquaintance from a music group, I was encouraged by a SHARE advisor to not only file a Title IX suit, but to meet preemptively with the office to discuss options. When she heard that alcohol had been involved — although it was merely one can of beer — Regan Crotty explicitly told me that I did not have a good case because of “potentially impaired judgment”. She also told me that, in any case, the timeline of my suit, which I would have opened in December, would not be “realistic” because my assailant was a senior. Although I was granted a no contact, no communication order from my residential college dean, I was discouraged from pursuing action through the Title IX office multiple times, even though I had spent weeks deliberating with other victims and witnesses and collecting evidence. I also felt that my case was given less priority because these offenses had occurred primarily during extracurricular activities. 

My assailant is a repeat offender who has consistently exhibited predatory behavior towards countless students, especially underclassmen in performance groups, throughout his entire time at Princeton. Yet, he has gone unreported and still holds positions of considerable influence in performance groups even though he continues to prey on other students and disparage female musicians during rehearsals. Worst of all, he is not the only individual who has attacked female and queer members of music groups. I feel as though faculty and administrators have turned a blind eye towards such behavior to save face, and students are constantly discouraged from reporting behavior from figures of authority to maintain a wholly artificial image of a so-called “community”. Except for one person, faculty told me numerous times that they “couldn’t believe that he could do such a thing” and then completely ignored my requests to not be in shared spaces with him. 

I, along with other witnesses involved in these music groups, also experienced a looming fear of reprisal from the music department due to a breach of anonymity during any Title IX suit we would have filed. I have been haunted by memories of this assault and for months have felt overwhelming dread every time I have to go into a rehearsal or performance with this individual. At this point, I can only wait until he graduates to reach some sort of peace because the music department, university administration and the Title IX office have done nothing to take my case seriously and to remove the person who assaulted me from these shared spaces.”

— Anonymous Princeton Undergraduate Student