Shock-campaign ad launched for prospective students during weekend retreat.
Harvard University laid out the cold, hard facts, warning incoming freshmen about the dangers of drinking and the likelihood of being raped in college.
Campus Reform obtained and shared a copy of the letter Harvard gave to prospective students. It starts out with a welcome, but turns dark and brutal very quickly.
“We know that you will make lifelong friends and memories here on campus,” the letter begins.
“We’re sorry that one of these memories will include being raped by someone you thought you could trust. You’ll fear him the night he presses you against a wall and every day after that,” it continues. “The claims you will make against your rapist will be ignored, much like your right to feel safe at school. After all, you can’t expect us to expel someone on the basis of a story that begins with ‘I had been drinking.’”
The letter is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the “one-in-five” statistic, asserting that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college.
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