gratitude-a-thon day 847: Kamilah vs Harvard

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Kamilah Willingham, a Harvard law school student told her story of being raped by one of her classmates in the great documentary The Hunting Ground, which I wrote about here. The hallowed halls of Harvard treated Kamilah as so many rape victims are treated–like the guilty party. Well, she’s back, and she’s quite literally throwing the book at HLS.

They don’t get to do this without me coming back swinging, ”
says Kamilah. Her book is called We Believe You.

This is the only real power we have–to tell the truth, even when people and institutions want to keep us quiet. Grateful for the reminder that we always have the choice to fight back by speaking up.  This is a brave girl, and I don’t just believe her, I believe in what she’s doing.

gratitude-a-thon day 839:college education

 

imagesAs if it’s not hard enough to let your little girls go off to college (cue the violin music) because you’ll miss them, watch the movie The Hunting Ground, and you’ll want to lock them in their rooms and throw away the key.

This Academy Award nominated CNN documentary about sexual assault on college campuses throughout the country is powerful stuff. If you’re a parent, it’s like watching all 10 of the Halloween movies in a row. I watched it with my daughter, and we were angered, and shocked not only by the schools that have this issue, but HOW they handle the issue, which is to say, they put their heads in the sand like a fucking ostrich.

One after another, you’re introduced to exemplary female students whose lives are shaken and stirred by sexual assault. Adding insult to injury, the likes of Harvard, UNC, Notre Dame, and Florida State turn their backs on these girls, for fear their reputations will be damaged. Because, you know, these girls probably brought it on themselves.

This is a really eye-opening film. Everyone should see it. Especially those people dishing out the astronomical tuition to send their children to a trusted institution. This is not what you want your kids to learn in school.