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UNC May Expel Rape Victim Landen Gambill For Speaking About Her Case
Landen Gambill, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, is being sent to the school’s “Honor Court” for speaking publicly about her rape. Officials at the school are saying that Gambill is being “disruptive” and might be “intimidating” her rapist by exposing the details of when she was sexually assaulted. Gambill has not publicly indentified her rapist.
It is possible that the court could expel her.
Gambill was one of three students to support a former UNC dean’s accusations that the university intentionally under-reported sexual assaults. According to Think Progress, UNC has probably sent Gambill to Honor Court as revenge.
When talking about UNC’s system for addressing sexual assault accusations, Gambill said: “[They] were not only offensive and inappropriate, but they were so victim-blaming… They made it seem like my assault was completely my fault.”
Gambill was first notified about a possible court appearance by a school attorney about one month ago, on Jan. 29. On Feb. 22, Gambill received a formal accusation calling her in to the court. It reads:
Accordingly, you are being charged with the following Honor Code violation(s): II.C.1.c. – Disruptive or intimidating behavior that willfully abuses, disparages, or otherwise interferes with another (other than on the basis of protected classifications identified and addressed in the University’s Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination) so as to adversely affect their academic pursuits, opportunities for University employment, participation in University-sponsored extracurricular activities, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of University Life.
This decision was reached because the evidence provides a reasonable basis to believe that a violation of the Honor Code may have occurred. Please note that being charged with a violation does not imply guilt. It simply means that sufficient evidence of a possible violation exists to warrant a hearing before the Undergraduate Honor Court.
Gambill’s peers have organized protests at the school and have vocally defended her in college papers.
Source: Think Progress