ASU honors professors groom students for sexual abuse

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:

  1. Identifying and targeting victims
  2. Blurring boundaries and gaining trust
  3. 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

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Several ASU Honors professors fired for sexually abusing students

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.

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Ongoing federal investigation

ASU has been under federal investigation since 2012 for violating Title IX. SDASA’s Title IX complaint on behalf of multiple students was incorporated into the federal investigation in 2014, and several other Title IX complaints have been filed against ASU since then.

98% of sexual and domestic abusers reported to ASU are not charged with a crime or policy violation, and rapists are more likely to be convicted for rape they commit off campus than on campus. Continue reading

History of ASU’s professor/student dating policy, ACD 402

“To put it bluntly, ASU students are not part of your dating pool.”
Helene Ossipov, ASU Faculty Senate President

The Arizona State University Senate is voting Nov. 3 to overhaul the school’s policy on intimate relationships between professors and students (ACD 402). The proposed strike-all acknowledges that the imbalance of power between educators and students inherently compromises a student’s ability to consent to such relationship, regardless of a student’s willingness.

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Barrett petition update

In 2015, Barrett professor Jacquie Scott Lynch took legal action against Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault founder Jasmine Lester to silence the organization. Dr. Lynch is still employed despite multiple sexual harassment complaints against her currently under federal investigation.

Since the launch of our petition and the filing of our Title IX complaint 3 more Barrett Honors professors are no longer on campus, bringing the total of sexual predators removed from Barrett to 5 (including Joel Hunter, Eric Susser and Dave Conz). There are still reported sexual predators employed by Barrett who are teaching freshman Human Event seminars and/or leading Study Abroad, including Dr. Jacquelyn Scott Lynch.

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