The Daily Fix: Columbia Students Post Lists of Alleged Rapists, Sweatshop Riots in Vietnam, and Chelsea Manning to Get Hormone Therapy

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May 14, 2014· 2 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

The writing on the wall in four women’s bathrooms at Columbia University has exposed deep tensions in the wake of formal accusations filed against administrators who allegedly bungled sex assault cases reported on campus.

Lists of names under the headings “Rapist lists” and “sexual assault violators on campus” were found scrawled in bathroom stalls, accusing four people on the New York City campus. The walls were quickly scrubbed but have been repeatedly vandalized, and of course the problem remains, Jezebel reported.

Last month, 23 students filed a lawsuit against Columbia, alleging the school was in violation of Title IX and the Clery Act for its lackluster response to reports of rape. The complaint alleges that students were discouraged from reporting rape and that cases were mishandled when they did, leaving them vulnerable to continued contact with their attackers, among other problems.

Much like the problem of slow and ineffective response to claims of sexual violence among America’s young, bright college students, the tactic is not new. In 1990, a list of the names of more than 30 students circulated continually at Brown University.

School officials at Columbia say the lists violate the student conduct code and could result in serious disciplinary action.

In other news...

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  • The Secret to Leadership: When managing a team in the global marketplace, humility is one of the four leadership traits critical to creating an inclusive environment. (via Harvard Business Review)
  • Vietnamese Workers Rise Up: More than 400 protesters were arrested after riots broke out in Hanoi, after Vietnamese sweatshop workers who sew sneakers and clothes torched massive foreign-owned factories. Protests against China’s stationing of an oil drilling rig in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast boiled over into widespread violence. (via The New York Times)
  • Chelsea Manning Moved: The Pentagon wants to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender transition. Sentenced to 35 years for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, Manning was born anatomically male and is seeking hormone therapy. (via The Associated Press)
  • A Month of Sorrow: It’s been a month since more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria were abducted by Islamist militants. To date Boko Haram has proved unrepentant, boasting instead about the kidnappings. The Pentagon is sending surveillance drones to join the search. (via United Nations News Centre)
  • Take a Year Off: More than a million high school grads are set to enroll in college this fall, but taking a gap year is a growing trend for kids who want to step off the academic treadmill and take advantage of the benefits a handful of schools offer to those who do so. (via Time)

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