“By talking about alcohol as a cause of rape, the report plays into the myth of the ‘accidental rapist’ who is simply too drunk to ‘read the signs,’ ” she said. “To make real progress, we need to radically transform the ways in which we relate to each other and to ourselves. . . . That means calling out sexist, racist cultures on our campus, rather than saying that “there is no need to name specific student groups here.”
Martin and committee members plan to answer questions about the report Tuesday at an open meeting. Citing the victim’s privacy, Martin declined to release the findings of the special investigator, Gina M. Smith, on the aftermath of Epifano’s assault.
“Ms. Smith’s charge was to review the facts and circumstances of the case and to assess whether the College responded promptly and appropriately to Ms. Epifano’s report,” Martin said in a statement. “It did not.”
Smith will be at Tuesday’s meeting to answer questions.
Maria Cramer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.