We, the undersigned faculty, stand behind victims of sexual assault and want them to know that our campus is a place where they have a voice, where they will not be made to feel responsible and where they can find support and justice. If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual contact, under any circumstances, we can help you find the support you need from the campus groups listed below. As academics and members of the Princeton University community, these are the values we embrace. We encourage others to stand with us, for the integrity, health and well-being of all our students.
So reads part of a statement published in Princeton’s student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, signed by dozens of staff members including writers Anne-Marie Slaughter and Joyce Carol Oates, in response to “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton’s recent remarks about rape. (Read the full statement here.) While Patton has made a name for herself in recent months for advocating that Princeton’s female population focus on finding a man while they’re in college, she’s also used the spotlight to crow about how women are what responsible for what happens to them when they are drunk, all but rolling her eyes at the existence of date rape. This staff statement is in direct response to an interview Patton did with The Daily Princetonian, in which she said the following when asked “Why does the woman hold the responsibility in the case of rape or sexual assault?”: Keep reading »