Something is going on at Columbia University. Earlier today Jezebel reported that someone posted a “rapist list” in a woman’s restroom at Columbia’s Hamilton Hall. Columbia is one of the 55 schools under federal investigation for violating the Title IX and Clery Act for mishandling sexual assaults. Apparently, students aren’t pleased with how the school is handling things and have taken justice into their own hands.
“The complaint alleges, among other things, that students were discouraged from reporting rapes, and that when they did, the perpetrators were given light slaps on the wrist and allowed to remain on campus,” Jezebel reports. At first the list was merely being written on the walls but now the “vigilante” has begun to print stacks of fliers listing the names of campus rapists who have been presumed guilty. Tipsters sent photos into Jez.
This is just one of those things that makes me feel a little nauseous. It’s clearly a confrontational tactic and an understandable reaction from someone who has been so grossly wronged but doesn’t feel justice has been served. Other than that I am not really sure how to feel. What do you guys think?