by Shaelyn Saraceni
If you walk into the average college classroom, it is likely that more than one person in that room has been sexually assaulted.
A Los Rios Community College crisis counselor at the CRC campus kissed a student at the end of a meeting with her. This was both unexpected and unwanted by the student, 19-year-old Iris Perez.
Hoyt Fong, the counselor, was fired after Iris decided to speak up about the issue, but nothing goes onto his record to stop him from going to another college and repeating the same event with another student. This was a counselor who’s job is to help restore hope and morale in students who are going through the motions. However, for Iris, this meeting became an event she’d need more courage and hope to overcome probably than what she came in with. She stated, “There is nothing that can truly prepare you for a situation of that manner because nothing is truly as real as experiencing it
One would think that once she spoke out about the issue, the school board would act accordingly. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Iris stated, “However, when it came to the district investigation I was disappointed and let down in the process and the outcome.” Though Fong resigned, he got to walk away with a clean record. Effectively, he could be hired anywhere without anyone having to know what he did. Before he resigned, Iris was questioned multiple times and asked to reenact the event with her boyfriend.
The film, The Hunting Ground, was shown on the Folsom Lake College campus in the spring while investigations of this event were taking place. The Hunting Ground gives many heartbreaking examples of the injustice women are put through when it comes to the college system of dealing with sexual offenders. There is a bigger problem in America than many realize. Victims are blamed, and justice is left unserved.
There are issues in our societal teaching and ways of thinking that correlate with such high rates of objectification of women. Masculinity is not only a mindset, but also an American tradition. Americans are trained from a very young age to distinguish between genders in strange ways. Boys are given blue and green clothes, toy cars, action figures, guns, video games, shown superhero films and shows, and put into sports. Girls are given pink and purple dresses (boys are not aloud to wear dresses), barbies, jewelry, and shown princess films and shows, and put into dance lessons. Girls have long hair, boys have short hair. Girls wear makeup and heels, boys sexually assault girls. Though it is becoming more accepted today to deviate from gender roles, people who break from these societal standards are generally bullied, shunned, or shamed. We say no more.
The current sexual harassment policies for the Los Rios Community College District can be viewed here. Student Body President, Zainub Tayeb, helped to workshop new policies that will be set in place as of the fall semester pertaining to sexual harassment between faculty and students and the expected code of conduct. The updates being proposed are as follows:
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