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Sexual Assault at Patrick Henry College, God’s Harvard

posted on February 20, 2014

In The New Republic, Kiera Feldman reports on the handling of sexual assault at Patrick Henry College (PHC), an evangelical university in Virginia. She focuses on the story of Claire Spear, who says she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year at PHC. In documenting cases of victims, including Claire, who struggled to have their sexual assaults and harassments be taken seriously by the school’s administration, Feldman writes, “Researchers estimate that one in five American women is sexually assaulted in college, and Patrick Henry College’s unique campus culture has not insulated the school from sexual violence. In fact, it puts female students, like Claire Speak, in a particular bind: How do you report sexual assault at a place where authorities seem skeptical that such a thing even exists?”

Read at The New Republic