It just really disgusts me that JMU is still going to give diplomas to people they find responsible of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Sarah Butters on JMU, which gave the three students who sexually assaulted her the punishment of expulsion after they graduate (after, as in they get to receive their diplomas and one of them has the option to remain on campus despite all three being found guilty). The three men sexually assaulted Butters over spring break in 2013; they video taped the attack, then posted it online. The three men’s names are Mike Lunney, Jay Dertzbaugh, and Nick Scallion. Two of the three got to graduate on time. One of them may be returning to JMU for the 2014-2015 year.
As a survivor on JMU’s campus, I do not feel safe. I can’t. I can’t even imagine what Sarah Butters is going through. There’s people who care on campus, students and staff, but our voices are seemingly ignored by those in higher up positions. JMU, I call on you to take action to actually protect survivors and stop protecting these pieces of scum. And to my peers, please start listening. Use your voice to help us protect survivors. I’m tired of students, specifically survivors, who do speak up being silenced, ignored, or marginalized.