College Sexual Assault Survivors Have to Deal With Rapey Vandalism

Students at Swarthmore and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill filed federal complaints this year accusing the universities of improperly handling sexual misconduct. Now they're facing a new form of on-campus harassment: anti-activist graffiti.

Swarthmore undergrads recently found the words "Rape Dungeon" scrawled above the door of their basement, along with "Mia survived," likely a reference to sexual assault survivor Mia Ferguson ‘15, one of the students who filed federal complaints against Swarthmore last spring.

Last month, the Courage Project at UNC — a survivor gallery/rape culture program founded by Andrea Pino, one of five complainants who filed Title IX and Clery Act complaints there in January — was vandalized by someone who wrote “whore” and “real shit” on the photo of a former UNC student survivor.

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Anti-rape survivor graffiti: just another reminder to victims to keep quiet!

[Swarthmore Phoenix]

[Daily Tarheel]

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