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Våldtäkten på Stanford, IT-miljarder, sporthjältar och ingen rättvisa för brottsoffren

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Medan amerikanska nyhetsmedia har skrivit om våldtäkten på Stanforduniversitetet här i Silicon Valley så har brittiska Guardian vänt på varenda sten man har kunnat hitta, och funnit en skandal som inte bara omfattar Stanford utan även många andra av USA:s främsta universitet. Nämligen att kvinnliga studenter som våldtas lämnas i sticket och t.om. ofta trakasseras av universitetet när dom anmäler brottet, och att våldtäktsmännen sen inte ens får de minimistraff som lagen föreskrivet. Vilket var vad som hände på Stanford.

Intressant var det två svenska studenter som fångade våldtäktsmannen, och man kan spekulera över att det berodde på att den svenska inställningen till våldtäkt ligger några decennier före den amerikanska.

Så varför vänder universiteten ryggen mot våldtäkt? En orsak kan vara de miljarder i donationer som Stanford lever på och som kanske skulle äventyras om missförhållanden på campus skulle bli kända. Eller också får manschauvinismen på Stanford ses som en del av den idag välkända “bro”-kulturen i Silicon Valley som helhet.

Sam Levin skriver i Guardian:

Stanford sexual assault victims see few options for recourse – in school or court. Activists say the California university’s flawed adjudication process and the light sentencing of Brock Turner send a clear message that victims will face a dead end

Survivors of sexual assault at Stanford University have discovered what activists say is one of the most disheartening realities about the epidemic of campus violence – that victims have nowhere to turn if they want their perpetrators to be held accountable.

This is the harsh lesson students and professors have drawn from the light sentencing last Friday of Brock Turner, a Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus. The case was a rare example of a university sexual assault leading to a conviction in criminal court.

But activists’ hopes for justice were dashed when a judge, after listening to the victim’s emotional testimony, sentenced the 20-year-old to six months in county jail – significantly less than the minimum of two years in state prison prescribed by law.

Domaren bröt alltså mot lagen när han inte ens dömde sportstjärnan till minimistraffet på två år i fängelse.

Maria L La Ganga och Sam Levin skriver i New York Times:
Stanford sexual assault: students plan graduation protest as anger grows. Graduation would normally be a happy time for Stanford students, but the outcry over Brock Turner’s light sentence has shifted the mood

On 18 January 2015, Stanford graduate students Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson were biking by the Kappa Alpha fraternity on campus when they saw a man “thrusting” on top of an unconscious woman by a dumpster.

Jonsson was so upset when he recounted the assault to the police that he began to cry. He said the woman looked “asleep or unconscious” and that once he got close, he could “tell that the female appeared to not be moving at all and that he was sure something was wrong”.

The two men, who are from Sweden, pulled Turner off the woman before the defendant tried to run away. Jonsson said he tripped Turner and held him until police arrived. They have since been been hailed as heroes.

When police showed up, they found Emily Doe partially clothed and “completely unresponsive”, with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit for driving, police reported. She awoke hours later in a hospital with no memory, abrasions on her body and pine needles scratching the back of her neck.

Det är inte bara att Stanford inte stöder kvinnor som har utsatts för våldtäkt, dom motarbetas aktivt och utsätts t.o.m för trakasserier från universitetet:

Last year, another female student shared her story of the retaliation and harassment she faced after she participated in an investigation about sexist behavior at a fraternity.

In recent months, other students have come forward with stories of being assaulted and then struggling through the university’s adjudication process.

Till slut rapporterar lokaltidningen San Francisco Chronicle att just Stanford har flest rapporterade våldtäkter av alla universitet i Silicon Valley, som då inkluderar San Francisco:
Rape reported at Stanford more often than other Bay Area colleges

Stanford University reported more than twice as many campus rapes per capita in 2014 than other Bay Area universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Stanford had 26 rape reports, or 1.5 for every 1,000 students, on campus in 2014 (most recent data). A total of 16,963 students attend the university.

By comparison, the University of California, Berkeley, reported 0.4 rape incidents per 1,000 students.

Nationally, Stanford ranked 10th in total campus rape reports.

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