Women and girls at the center of ‘sex abuse scandal’ have ‘no right to talk about it’
On a chilly December afternoon, a few hundred of the more than 2,500 students at the elite Woodruff School of Government and Public Affairs, located in the shadow of the Capitol, gathered to watch a panel discussion on “The Invisible Rape: Sexual Assault and the Culture of Silence.”
In the hall were two dozen women and girls who, by the end of the session, had collectively spoken out.
One of the girls, named “Diana,” told the audience that her experience as a student at the school led her to feel she was “trapped” by her peers.
“It made me question my own worth,” Diana said.
“At the same time, it made me feel that I had no right to be here. “
“We’re supposed to be able to talk to each other about this, but we don’t have the right to do that.” “
A year later, when the Woodruff was forced to close, the school was able to reopen to the public and to new students only after a lengthy process involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds. “
We’re supposed to be able to talk to each other about this, but we don’t have the right to do that.”
A year later, when the Woodruff was forced to close, the school was able to reopen to the public and to new students only after a lengthy process involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds.
While some of the students were forced to drop out of the school, others had to rejoin it and go through a rigorous vetting process.
The school, like other schools nationwide, has a long history of covering up the true extent of the problem, but the panel’s participants made it clear that many of the people involved were in a vulnerable position and had no choice but to speak out.
A woman named “Betsy,” who spoke at length in front of the panel, said she felt “forced to speak because I knew that I wasn’t going to be believed.”
“The more I spoke, the more I realized that the problem was not going away,” she said.
Betsy, who asked that her last name not be published, was attending Woodruff as a freshman when she met the school’s first female president, the first African-American president, and the first Latino president in the history of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
But for decades, she said, the problem has only gotten worse.
In 2009, when Betsy joined the school as president, there were fewer than 200 students enrolled in the school.
Since then, the number has risen to more than 1,000 students.
She has spoken about the sexual assaults she experienced as a child, and how the school has never held a public meeting to address the problem.
The administration, she says, has always been silent.
“If I go to a public school, the administrators will be sitting at their desks and I’m not going to get an answer,” she says.
“There’s no one standing up to say, ‘I think this is wrong.
I think you’re doing a bad job.
But they also say that it is too little too late for students. “
Beth and the other panelists said they were glad to see that the administration had taken a serious approach to the problem of sexual assault.
A spokesperson for the Woodfield school district says that the district is working with law enforcement to help address the issues that students have faced. “
The last thing that we need is for the school to be closing down, and we need to be doing everything we can to make sure that students aren’t going through this,” Betsy says.
A spokesperson for the Woodfield school district says that the district is working with law enforcement to help address the issues that students have faced.
“Woodruff has had a number of instances of sexual misconduct reported by students and staff, and in response to a student complaint in 2010, the district implemented a comprehensive program to address sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Woodfields,” a spokesperson for Woodfield Schools told The Washington Post.
“This includes the creation of a Safe Zone, a safe space for students to report suspected misconduct, and an on-campus sexual assault reporting center.”
Woodruff, which is located in one of the most affluent suburbs in the nation, has long had a reputation for high-profile scandals.
In 2007, a group of former Woodruff students sued the school over sexual harassment allegations.
In 2012, a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct against a senior vice president was settled out of court for $100,000.
A number of former students also sued the district over sexual misconduct, including one former student who said that she was forced into an extramarital affair by a Woodruff employee.
A series of high-level administrators and other senior faculty members have been fired, including former President John P. Stinson.
Some of the accusations of sexual harassment and abuse leveled at the Woodards were made public in an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.
But, according to a 2015 investigation by The Washington Examiner, the report’s author, a former staffer, and a former Woodard employee, were both fired by the school after the investigation was completed. One former