IX on your Side: Take-A-Stand

Category:  News
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Note: If you are a victim/survivor of sexual assault, I advise that you read with caution. There may be some parts that may involve personal flashbacks.

In our society, we are known for silence. We have a hard time speaking the truth or what we want to speak because we don’t want to hurt someone we love. What if our silence was to break a problem that we all faced whether we knew it or not?

Recently, a student at Baylor University broke her silence in a blog, telling her sexual assault story and how she received barely any justice for her attack.

Baylor University is a Christian university that has all the Title IX fundamentals that freshmen must attend when they arrive on campus. There are workshops, a police station that is on-call 24 hours a day and counselors that stay after hours to help those that are in need, according to Stefanie Mundhenk, survivor and author of the blog post.

Mundhenk was raped twice in one night by a person whom she had known personally and had the same classes and extracurricular activities with. She admitted that she had willingly gone over to his house only to do homework and denied his sexual advances. She didn’t tell the police what had happened, she didn’t do a rape kit and she willed herself to get through this problem on her own. She thought that he was going to leave the state and go to law school. Her anxiety ignited when she learned that he was going to be staying in the state, at Baylor University. Baylor had offered him a job.

According to the post, Stefanie came forward months after her attack and sought help from the university counseling services. They requested that she go elsewhere because she had been experiencing problems they couldn’t help with. She was denied help and justice in every possible way. The university didn’t believe her, the police requested that she dropped the charges because of lack of evidence. She had felt as if she did not matter and she was unheard.

Everyone’s first request when helping someone with a sexual assault report is go straight to the police or straight to the hospital. I am not a counselor, but I have been told by counselors and Title IX instructors at Edinboro University that the first thing you should do is seek medical attention.

Personally, I know how it feels to be unheard and like I don’t matter in a situation like this. I can assure anyone who is reading this that at Edinboro University, you will be heard. We will never request for a victim/ survivor to go somewhere else. We will bring the counselors to them. The victim/survivor’s story is what matters and it will be the next step to their healing process. It may be hard and it may be scary but no matter what, there are people at Take a Stand that want to help and we will get them the help that is needed.

If you would like to read Stefanie’s full story, visit: musingsofstef.blogspot.com.

Leslie Shaffer is a Contributing Writer for The Spectator.

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