We advocated to have Dr. Joel Hunter fired from Arizona State University in 2014 for taking sexual advantage of an underage student whom he provided alcohol. When his victim filed a complaint and shared her story, more victims came forward with similar stories of grooming and sexual harassment by Hunter, who is prone to sending sexually explicit emails and text messages to and about his students.
Update 1/11/2018: Petition victory! Brooke’s rapist is permanently expelled and can no longer appeal! While this is a victory for Brooke, she is in the minority; 98% of reported cases rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence at ASU do not result in sanctions, and the Arizona Republic reports that rapists are more likely to be charged with sexual assault they commit off campus than on campus.
The following is a statement from Brooke: “Thank you all so much for your support and your comments that helped me get through this. Your signatures made a difference. This fight is far from over, but it was good to finally see some justice served here at ASU after 9 months of fighting. No one should have to go through this, and I will continue to fight.”
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Grooming refers to a series of behaviors by an abuser to ensure a victim readily accepts physical and psychological abuse as normal and desirable, and to ensure that a victim does not report or expose sexual abuse.
Researchers and mental health professionals agree that grooming generally follows a pattern:
- Identifying and targeting victims
- Blurring boundaries and gaining trust
- Isolating and fostering secrecy
The grooming process at Barrett has been known to begin in mandatory freshman seminars and often progresses to Study Abroad trips, teaching assistantships, and thesis direction. Continue reading
The following timeline summarizes a long history (from 2000-present) of ASU and Barrett administrators silencing rape victims and protecting honors professors who sexually abuse students.