CIRCULATE WIDELY: The head of Winthrop residential house at Harvard, where approximately 1/12 of the undergrads live, has decided to defend a serial rapist in court. He refuses to remove himself from a position of power in a place where survivors live.…
Speaking of #MeToo and minoritized communities: this man is using his Blackness as a shield from taking responsibility for how his professional choices impact the well-being of sexual assault survivors IN THEIR HOME. #misogynoir
I guess the lesson here is that one of the "privileges" of being @harvard is that you too can live in a residential house run by a high power, barrier breaking Black lawyer who makes his money defending rapists because #diversity!!!!
Believe me, sexual assault survivors are well aware that there is no constitutional protection against rape culture and little constitutional recourse when rape culture puts us in harm’s way
Let’s be clear that Sullivan has multiple jobs. One is as a lawyer. The other is the Faculty Dean/head of Winthrop, where among his duties he is responsible for the culture of a student residence and has power over hundreds of students’ well-being. He is failing at that job now.
The faculty dean of a house at Harvard is not just a person who lives in the residential house. They oversee staff who write letters of recommendation for law school and medical school. They organize social events and help decide what events can occur at the house.
If students feel that they may not receive equitable treatment from him because of his choices in *another* job, that job is creating a conflict of interest. If students feel uncomfortable at home, he is literally failing to fulfill his duty, which is to provide a safe environ.
It’s easy to say “well Harvard students are assholes” but some of those students are Black women, some of them are the 1st in their fam to go to college, some of them are there desperately trying to lift up their families and those women deserve better.
I’m going to spend my life losing my mind dealing with the fact that legal principles and labor rights are most stringently enforced and lauded when they are being deployed at the expense of rape victims. This is rape culture. Our rules are contoured to never protect victims.
Like not one tenured professor has been fired for raping a student that I can think of in the last 4 years. They’ve all voluntarily left with healthy severances and letters of recommendation to go elsewhere.
And men who think that this whole situation is about some legal principles: die on that hill if you must but then you shouldn’t be afraid to acknowledge that the hill you are taking a “principled” stand on is made out of rape victims.
I love how the whole "if you can't do your job you should be fired for it" thing no longer applies if you're a Bewy Bewy Important Lawyer Man
As we roll into admit season, as an alum of Harvard College, I encourage @Harvard admits to go somewhere else if they can afford to.
Harvard Administration: Students For the Removal of Winthrop Dean Sullivan - Sign the Petition! via @Change
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