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exlurker 11-20-2014 05:55 PM

Phi Kappa Psi at U of Virginia Voluntarily Suspends Activities
 
Phi Kappa Psi at the U of Virginia has voluntarily suspended activities pending an investigation into alleged rape / sexual assault.

http://wvtf.org/post/uva-fraternity-...nds-activities

Additionally, the Phi Psi house has been vandalized.

Edited to add: a report about the vandalism of the Phi Psi house and the "demands" of the person or persons anonymously claiming responsibility:

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article...nymous-demands

amIblue? 11-20-2014 06:20 PM

Here is the link to the Rolling Stone article. It is not for the faint of heart.

http://rol.st/1yStBLf

moe.ron 11-20-2014 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by amIblue? (Post 2300222)
Here is the link to the Rolling Stone article. It is not for the faint of heart.

http://rol.st/1yStBLf

Wow, definitely not for the faint of heart.

1964Alum 11-20-2014 10:26 PM

I live pretty close to Charlottesville, and people have known about this for years and years. These criminal acts have gone unreported and even unacknowledged for the reasons stated in the Rolling Stones article. Senator Warner of VA has introduced a bill in Congress giving the US Dept.of Justice jurisdiction of cases such as these. Where this will go is anyone's guess.

I HOPE that all the GLOs on the UVA campus join together along with other students to lead in demanding accountability for these acts and supporting criminal prosecution where indicated. Along with support for the young women to bring charges against these young men.

We have friends with daughters and granddaughters at UVA who are just beside themselves with anxiety and concern for their loved ones. Sanctioned criminal rape should have no place whatsoever in fraternity life anywhere.

PinkSkyAtNight 11-21-2014 09:44 AM

If you haven't read the story, you should be warned: it describes in very graphic detail a pre-planned gang rape involving 7 men who took turns violently abusing a freshman girl who thought she was going on an actual date with a junior member of Phi Kappa Psi.

And, just so you know, the article also goes into detail about another gang rape that happened in the house decades earlier, where a man was prosecuted after confessing.

This article is stirring up a lot of PTSD for rape and sexual assault survivors. And the woman at the center of the story came forward because she met two other women on campus who also were gang raped at Phi Kappa Psi. Be prepared to feel physically ill: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/...ampus-20141119

1964Alum 11-21-2014 03:11 PM

Students there are organizing, holding rallies and the like. There are several petitions going around, including one calling for the abolishment of the Greek system. IMO this is a golden opportunity for Greeks to step up to the plate and show leadership on campus.

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article...sexual-assault

DrPhil 11-21-2014 03:51 PM

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Originally Posted by PinkSkyAtNight (Post 2300263)

:mad: I am sickened and outraged.

This quote resonates: "Grab its motherfucking leg"

Everything in that story and the use of "it" illustrate that sexual assault and rape are dehumanizing abuses of power rather than being about sex.

AOII Angel 11-21-2014 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrPhil (Post 2300288)
:mad: I am sickened and outraged.

This quote resonates: "Grab its motherfucking leg"

Everything in that story and the use of "it" illustrate that sexual assault and rape are dehumanizing abuses of power rather than being about sex.

That and the complete lack of empathy displayed by students as UVA towards victims of sexual assault struck me as horrific. Dehumanize the victim and tell them that they should just get over it.

KDCat 11-21-2014 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by 1964Alum (Post 2300285)
Students there are organizing, holding rallies and the like. There are several petitions going around, including one calling for the abolishment of the Greek system. IMO this is a golden opportunity for Greeks to step up to the plate and show leadership on campus.

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article...sexual-assault

It's a little late for that. Whatever they do is going to be seen as reactive, and rightly so.

amIblue? 11-21-2014 04:05 PM

These women should never have been advised of any other option than to report these atrocities to the police. It is not up to universities to adjudicate felonies.

1964Alum 11-21-2014 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by KDCat (Post 2300291)
It's a little late for that. Whatever they do is going to be seen as reactive, and rightly so.

Not if they band together and create some proactive programs. As it is, something ghastly happens, it is exposed, and Nationals step in and close chapters and pull pins. That is a consequence but is not creating protocols for addressing the problem directly and putting into place preventative measures.

I think what we all need to understand is rightly or wrongly the Greek system is seen as a locus of the problems. We need to be part of the solution. And through our actions, not just our words.

Where are chapter advisors addressing the problem of fraternities supplying alcohol to minors in their houses, not to mention date-rape drugs? What protocols are in place for those who know these kinds of things are going on in their houses but say or do nothing to stop it? Where are the sorority chapter advisers insisting on very clear cut guidelines for members to protect themselves? Where is the support for members who have been raped and being fearful of filing charges against the perps?

33girl 11-21-2014 04:45 PM

All those are good ideas. But they can get twisted around. For example:

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sorority chapter advisers insisting on very clear cut guidelines for members to protect themselves
Girl is platonic friends with boy, boy calls her upset about this or that, girl goes to his fraternity house to help him talk it out, girl gets terminated because she wasn't accompanied by 5 sisters. Better women learn how to handle themselves and avoid averse situations without being shepherded by sorority rules.

Why were women supporting this fraternity at all?

ETA: One of the Cavalier articles says that it's not for sure that all seven men were fraternity brothers. Is this true?

exlurker 11-21-2014 04:51 PM

Update: Problems with the Selection of Person to deal with Investigation

http://wtvr.com/2014/11/21/mark-fili...investigation/

dukemama 11-21-2014 04:56 PM

I don't believe there's any coincidence that UVA selected a federal judge with ties to Phi Kappa Psi to lead the investigation.

exlurker 11-21-2014 04:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 33girl (Post 2300304)
. . . s
Why were women supporting this fraternity at all?

. . . . ?

Excellent question, and one that I hope sorority members, advisers, Panhellenics, and so on will seriously ask themselves. It's troubling to know that sororities can feel that it's more important to be able to mix / party with (at least some) fraternities than to support undergrad sisters in cases like this.

For example, see
http://wtvr.com/2014/11/21/uva-stude...-lot-of-power/


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