New School Year Turns Lens On Campus Sexual Assaults

BOSTON (CBS) —  The early release of convicted sex offender and ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, along with recent media interviews in the Owen Labrie rape case, have put the spotlight back on student sexual assault.

At college campuses across the nation, a new semester raises old concerns.

Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services at UMass Amherst, has been working in the field for 15 years and is frustrated by the lack of progress.

“It sounds obvious, but it keeps happening. We haven’t as a culture committed to eradicating it,” Lockwood said. “Research indicates one in five women will be sexually assaulted during their college experience.”

“Alice”, a junior at UMass, recalls moving to the university as a freshman.

“The first day that I moved on campus, one of the fraternities had, like, a sign that said drop your freshman daughters here, or something like that, and I just found that so disgusting,” she says.

How tough has it been for her to navigate campus life?

“I liked the dorms, I mean in general it was pretty fun and it was nice to live with other people, but in terms of like, the rape culture, it’s definitely very pertinent,” she said. “I didn’t see anything personally happen, but you know, living with 80 other people on a floor you hear things in passing or your hear guys sitting in their room making jokes about women.”

“Alice” admits there is drinking, and occasionally, binge drinking.

Lockwood says there is a lot of misconceptions about college life and not everyone participates in the drinking. She tells students they have a lot of choices and is encouraged by one change over the past 15 years, a development she calls a sea change.

“There are a lot more conversations happening about sexual violence and that the resources are better equipped, that folks from the Dean of Students Office to some of the police departments to residents life staff are better equipped now than they were 25 years ago to deal with a disclosure,” she says.

Some who have experienced the horror of sexual assault are helping to drive the change in culture. Like Nicole Corning.

It’s taken 26 years for Corning to come forward.

“You can’t fathom that that’s really what happened because you’re saying to yourself, no, no, its someone I knew, so it doesn’t count,” she recalls. “It just, having to tell your parents, having to tell my husband who I’d never told, it was incredibly awful.”

Corning is a financial advisor and mother of two boys, ages 9 and 11. They live in Arizona, but she grew up in an affluent community outside of Boston. She says at 16, she was raped at a party by someone inside her circle of friends.

“It was so unexpected and I blamed myself for so many years and buried that so deeply,’ she says. But the Brock Turner case unearthed that memory.

“I felt really really strongly that sometimes you just need to be the person that takes that hurt, takes that pain, so you can help other people and that’s really, that’s really what I was trying to do,” she says.

Corning has written a book about motherhood called “The Working Mommy’s Manual” and has a blog by the same name. She says she put her rape story on her blog to drive home the importance of dialogue.

“When I read the letter that Brock Turner’s father had written, I said to myself, you know, as parents, we are part of the problem, we need to step up our game and have those difficult conversations with our children,” she said.

Lockwood agrees with Corning. UMass Amherst  has launched an online prevention education course on sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence. It’s a 45 minute program that is mandatory for incoming freshman and transfer students and must be completed by the end of the fall semester.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

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  1. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    Dear Ms. Lauren Schoenthaler, a recently appointed Stanford Senior Associate Vice Provost for institutional equity and access ,

    About your interview on September 2, 2016 posted on Stanford News titled: ‘Q&A: Sexual violence prevention and response at Stanford’; it reads:
    >>”I don’t know Emily Doe, but like millions of others who read her extraordinary letter to Brock Turner, I am incredibly impressed by this young woman. She has individually and personally been able to shine a spotlight on campus rape, and she has moved the conversation from the steps of campus administration buildings to family dinner tables all around the country. … Emily Doe should not have been sexually assaulted anywhere, and she should not have been sexually assaulted at Stanford. On behalf of the Stanford community, I offer my heartfelt apology that this happened to her …”

    ___Brock Turner is more trustworthy than that girl ‘Emily Doe’, because Brock Turner speaks under his real name, while Emily Doe is just a PRETENTIOUS moniker; While someone hailed that girl as a hero and claimed to believe in her, I’d call her a COWARD and untrustworthy;

    ___Yeah, that girl should not have been sexually assaulted on any campus, but she should not have drunk way too much while playing around in a wild party, either; she should not further allow some PRETENTIOUS and COWARDICE figures like Stanford Law Professor Ms. Michele Dauber to take advantage of her case and manipulate public opinion while still remains anonymous; It did happen in an event of protest at the San Jose Courthouse organized by Ms. Dauber on the day Brock Turner was released;

    ___Santa Clara DA Mr. Jeff Rosen and Stanford Law Professor Ms. Michele Dauber’s overzealous performance in Turner’s case had raised a lot of conflicts in our society while they became PRETENTIOUS and COWARDICE when being challenged with the much heavier Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case, which indicates that they didn’t do it for the ‘fairness and justice’ of our society; they must have hided something beyond what they had told us; So I’d tell this girl to Watch Out! when they set her up as a prop, especially as an anonymous prop;

    ___ On top of all the mess, this girl would be very much insincere and untrustworthy to still remain anonymous, if she wants to have Ms. Michele Dauber / Mr. Jeff Rosen or anyone else to use her case to manipulate public opinion, she needs to show us her real identity to withstand public scrutiny,

    ___Therefore, it’s very much unfair to blame it all on Brock Turner while apologize to this anonymous girl who’s hiding behind a PRETENTIOUS moniker ‘Emily Doe’;

    If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask; my contact: caomingpeter126 at 126 dot com

  2. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    Dear Nelson Barrette(Winthrop’17) Editorial Chair / Ryan O’Meara’18 Editorial Chair / Mariel Klein(Lowell’17) Editor in Chief of Harvard Crimson,

    About your report titled “It’s Me, One of Your Statistics, And I Have Something to Say to You, Harvard” By ANONYMOUS on September 7, 2016; I’d suggest this ANONYMOUS lady to to speak under her real name to have some credibility if she wants to use her case gain public sympathy and to influence public opinion;

    About the much hyped Brock Turner’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case referred in this Harvard Crimson article, I have something to say to you too, Harvard:
    ___Brock Turner’s case is overblown by a pact of fascists in on side of a criminal suspect named Gabriele Scheler who had committed crimes in a much heavier Stanford Campus Atroticy Case; But Scheler was covered up by fascism powers while Brock Turner is being demonized by the same pact of fascists to serve a bigger fascism conspiracy; And that girl in Brock Turner’s case, who is hiding behind a PRETENTIOUS moniker ‘Emily Doe’, is set up as a prop by those fascists in this PHONY ‘Heavier Punishment on Brock Turner’ and ‘Recall the Judge’ Campaign which had raised a lot of conflicts to our society;
    However, a victim’s testimony should also be able to withstand public scrutiny; that girl had already lost all her credibility for remaining anonymous on top of all the mess coming out of this case; Therefore, I’d tell this Harvard lady to think it over when she hypes her case to the public ANONYMOUSLY;

    Please see the attached public challenge against fascism crimes that got Brock Turner’s case involved; While you might consider Brock Turner’s case an educational material for college students, I’d appreciate if Harvard Crimson would write down an article about the much heavier Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl dot com/pa672 (attention to the 7 photo evidence), which have much more real substance for anyone at all to be educated; Harvard society deserves to know, the whole world of humanity deserves to know;

    Also, I have posted some comments in this New York Magazine article titled: “Anonymous Student Pens Op-ed About How Harvard Mishandled Her Rape”; you are welcomed to go there for further discussion;

    ___Isn’t is a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

    ___If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask; My contact: caomingpeter126 at 126 dot com

    Sincerely,

    Peter Cao

  3. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    ___As a victim to a much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl.com/pa672 , I’d invite (1) all the 1.3 million of those who had signed this ‘calling for Persky’s removal’ Petition,(2) all the 66 legislators passing California Assembly Bill AB 2888, (3) members from Gender Card Groups UltraViolet / GRLCVLT, and also those (4) more than 1,000 self-identified survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence from the women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, as well as (5) Superior Court administration, and (6) California Commission on Judicial Performance to look into the much heavier Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity case; I want to hear what they think about those bloody-stripes on me due to Scheler’s assault; I want to hear their opinion on the miscarriage of justice of this case for over 12 years at judicial system; How could it last that long?
    ___I’d tell them that Alaleht Kiancerci of Santa Clara County deputy district attorney, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, and Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber, and also those 66 legislators passing California Assembly Bill AB 2888, did not do it in earnest (actually very PRETENTIOUS); they do not have the credibility as judicial officers or law professors or just as human beings, because they had deliberately ignored / covered up all the anti-humanity crimes coming out of the much heavier Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity case___ Under such a situation, their outcry for fairness and justice in name of anyone is very PHONY; so don’t appreciate it;

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    ___Gabriele Scheler’s crimes were aggravated by a pack of fascists behind her; Scheler had never regreted on such serious crimes she had committed, but count on those powerful fascists to rival rules of laws; for over 12 years, a lot more tragedies had been created based on her false accusations; Scheler and the fascism powers behind her had gone too far; Scheler needs to be brought to justice, so do those fascists on her side who had committed the much heavier retaliatory fascism crimes through these many years, including her collateral Sebastian Thrun, Stanford Villain JJJ Mr. John Arrilaga who also backed up a fascism coup in Stanford University, hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office led by Mr. Jeff Rosen, and also their fascism collateral Kaifu Lee who colluded with those fascists on side of Sebastian Thrun / Gabriele Scheler to retaliate on me from China, etc.
    ___Though I am not a professional law practitioner, by common sense, what Gabriele Scheler and those fascists had done would be serious enough to get them arrested and send them to jail ___ Anyone disagree?

  4. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    ___Mr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Someone from inside of Stanford University must have given approval to the recent ‘heavier punishment on ‘Brock Turner’ and ‘Recall Judge Persky Campaign’, led by Mr. Jeff Rosen of Santa Clara District Attorney and Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber, both of whom are like you being PRETENTIOUS and COWARDICE to such a public challenge___Mr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, is that you or those fascists who tried to install you from inside of Stanford University who are behind such a conspiracy? Did someone (Ms Hillary Clinton?) play the gender card via Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber in this PHONY ‘heavier punishment on ‘Brock Turner’ and ‘Recall Judge Persky Campaign’? but Why sacrifice Brock Truner and Judge Persky while covering up the much heavier Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case?___Cause it is those fascists (some listed in this public challenge) behind Gabriele Scheler who tried to help you THEFT Stanford Presidency through this fascism conspiracy, right?

    ___Mr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, whatever, you do not deserve Stanford Presidency, you are a THEF, and once a THEF, always a THEF, as you are now; and this public challenge will follow wherever your name display;

  5. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    Stanford Law Professor Michele Landis Dauber,

    Are you someone’s puppet? You’ve seen all my public challenges against fascism crimes originated in a much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Case happened in 2004 [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl.com/pa672 , but you didn’t say a word about it___Where is your sense of righteousness? Before you have the courage to clarify the above Stanford Campus Atrocity Case, it’s very PHONY of you to take the lead and talk about something like sexual assault, campus atrocity, Fairness and Justice, etc. …
    ………………………
    Ms. Dauber is quite an agitator who is backed up by powerful supporters; I wonder why she is over-Zealous and ultra-Radical on Turner’s Case while becoming COWARDICE and PRETENTIOUS on the much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Criminal Case committed by Gabriele Scheler? Evidently, Ms. Dauber did not do it for fairness, nor for justice, there must be something beyond what she told us in her persistence in recalling the judge campaign; Apparently, Ms. Dauber is a puppet to some powerful figures behind the scene, and very likely that she’s a puppet to the fascism powers behind Gabriele Scheler, which would explain why she would become COWARDICE and PRETENTIOUS over Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case;

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Ms Dauber, other than my public challenge, there are quite some insightful comments (total of 50+) from many other readers in the Comments Section of an article penned by you on June 21, 2016 posted on WashingtonPost titled ‘Law professor: Judge should be recalled for his role in the Stanford sexual assault case’ , but we couldn’t find any of your answers in that Comments Section___Ms Dauber, would you have the courage post your answers in that Comments Section or would you choose to remain a COWARD? or just PRETNDING not seeing?

  6. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    >>On Aug. 29. 2016 CNN: ”AB 2888 passed the state Assembly Monday by a unanimous 66-0 vote. … … Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in June that he hoped the bill would “changes hearts and minds.”

    ___It is strange that Mr. Jeff Rosen Mr. Jeff Rosen of Santa Clara District Attorney could remain unscathed in this PHONY ‘Recall Judge Persky Campaign’

    Mr. Jeff Rosen of Santa Clara District Attorney had lost big in his attempt at appealing Judge Persky, as he conceded on 06/17/2016 that ‘he says the Turner sentence legally was within the bounds of judicial discretion, and he does not favor a recall.’; but a man of his position cannot afford to lose; so he came back to make a scene in order to save his face;

    However, Mr. Rosen’s outcry for harsher punishment for sexual assault crime is very PHONY when he deliberately covered up a much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl.com/pa672 which had produced endless tragedies to human society in the past 12 years and counting; Mr. Jeff Rosen so far hasn’t realized his mistake; he’s still trying to cover up Scheler’s crimes with dishonest excuses; I bet Mr. Jeff Rosen did it for some untold political reasons; maybe he needs support from powerful fascists on side of Gabriele Scheler / Sebastian Thrun to run for re-election or expects to run for a bigger post (California Attorney General?) later on; and that could be a factor___Mr. Rosen poised to play as a hero out of Turner’s Case, but his play is very Selfish and very PRETENTIOUS; Mr. Rosen is a Villain in Scheler’s Case;

    1. PeterCaoBuilding says:

      Mr. Jeff Rosen of Santa Clara District Attorney has no credibility to be a judicial officer because he had failed his lawful responsibility to clarify a much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl.com/pa672 (attention to the 7 photo evidence) and failed to protect victims and failed to find justice to those fascists, because if all crimes in Scheler’s case clarified, he might have to be brought to justice too;

      I am sure those 66-0 legislator voters would become ‘unanimously’ PRETENTIOUS and COWARDICE when being challenged with the fascism crimes coming out of the much heavier Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case___The way I see you legislators in this action: a bunch of posers;

  7. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    ___Ms. Smith, Woman can sexual assault man as well; In Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl dot com/pa672 (attention to the 7 photo evidence, also in ATTACHED 7), this Criminal Suspect Gabriele Scheler kicked me, and then suddenly stabbed me with a pen from behind while I was facing the robot, and then she repeatedly kicked on my groin part; when I told her: ‘You got it, very painful’, she replied: “it’s not good for fertilizer, eh?” ___Isn’t that a typical sexual assault behavior? How could such obscene behaviors be ignored by those judicial officers? What do you think about such lewd behavior? What do you think about those bloody stripes on me due to Scheler’s assault? Why not urge legislators to pass a bill to bring such female sex offender criminal to justice?

    ___Ms. Smith, there are serious retaliatory fascism crimes originated in Gabriele Scheler’s Stanford Campus Atrocity Case happened right here on land of Santa Clara County of California, under your jurisdiction; But how could this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler still at large? Why hasn’t Scheler been arrested till today? What is worse, there are some hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA’s Office led by Mr. Jeff Rosen, who had actively colluded with those fascists on side of the criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler to retaliate on the victims___they are part of this fascism conspiracy and they became the real menace to our society___What do you think about such a situation?

    ___Ms. Smith, before you can concur crimes in Gabriele Scheler’s Case, and before you can arrest those fascists in Gabriele Scheler’s Case, how could you have any credibility to publicly talk about Brock Turner’s case or any other criminal case?

    ___Ms. Smith, isn’t that a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

    ___Ms. Smith, If there are any questions, please, don’t hesitate to ask; My contact: caomingpeter126 at 126 dot com

    Sincerely,

    Peter Cao

  8. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    Dear Ms. Laurie Smith of Santa Clara Sheriff Chief, Brock Truner needs to be protected from the overblown of his case to the whole society, don’t you think so? Also, on top of all the mess, this victim girl in Brock Turner’s case would be very much insincere and untrustworthy to still remain anonymous; If she wants to have Ms. Michele Dauber / Mr. Jeff Rosen or anyone else to use her case to manipulate public opinion, she needs to show us her real identity in order to withstand public scrutiny, don’t you think so, too?

  9. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    This PHONY ‘heavier punishment on Brock Truner’ and ‘Recall Judge Persky’ campaign led by Ms Michele Dauber and Ms. Jeff Rosen up in the front is manipulated by fascism powers behind a criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler in a much heavier Stanford Campus Atrocity Case [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] http://alturl.com/pa672 ; Miscarriage of justice is going on and their fascism crimes are coming directly from the judicial system, e.g. some hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA’s Office led by Mr. Jeff Rosen; those officers failed to clarify the case, failed to protect victims and failed to bring those fascists to justice, but actively colluded with the criminal suspect to retaliate on victims; Everyone is subject to their fascism conspiracies as exampled in this one; ___At this moment, this criminal suspect at large Gabriele Scheler and those fascists behind her (including Mr. Jeff Rosen / Ms. Michele Dauber) are the real menace to our society, but not Brock Turner or Judge Persky;

  10. PeterCaoBuilding says:

    ___Brock Turner is more trustworthy than that girl ‘Emily Doe’, because Brock Turner speaks under his real name, while Emily Doe is just a PRETENTIOUS moniker; While someone hailed that girl as a hero and claimed to believe in her, I’d call her a COWARD and untrustworthy;

    ___ On top of all the mess, this girl would be very much insincere and untrustworthy to still remain anonymous, if she wants to have Ms. Michele Dauber / Mr. Jeff Rosen or anyone else to use her case to manipulate public opinion, she needs to show us her real identity to withstand public scrutiny;

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