The Hunting Ground exposes colleges that cover up rape and protect sexual predators.
“I thought if I told [ASU administrators] they would take action, but the only action they took was against me.” – SDASA founder Jasmine Lester, The Hunting Ground
“If we really want to solve the problem of rape culture on campus, there needs to be awareness, accountability and enforcement. It should be like plagiarism. If you plagiarize, you get expelled. People need to know if you rape someone, you will be expelled if you’re a student and fired if you’re a teacher.” – SDASA founder, Jasmine Lester.
“Schools will hire Title IX coordinators … who will engage in institutional cover-ups. Schools have spent decades trying to hide their statistics.”
Jasmine Lester, a 2011 graduate of Arizona State University, experienced something like that first hand. “The Title IX coordinator fought with me and tried to dissuade me from filing my complaint,” says Lester. Continue reading
On December 11, Jasmine Lester and Nicholas P. Mendoza attended a mandatory meeting with Arizona State University Chief of Human Resources, Kevin Salcido and HR legal partner Sylvester Simons. The meeting occurred because of comments Lester made at ASU’s LGBTQA Community Dialogue, where she suggested all ASU employees receive LGBTQA sensitivity training. She cited an incident when a professor (who happened to be the keynote speaker at the Dialogue) made inappropriate jokes and comments in class about Lester’s sexual orientation.
The conversation with Salcido then turned to the way ASU enables faculty who sexually harass and rape students, specifically professors leading Study Abroad trips at Barrett, The Honors College. Similar to the what we learned from the conversation with President Crow, the ASU administration seems more concerned with protecting itself than protecting students.
As evidenced by the following transcript, Dr. Crow is not familiar with Title IX, nor does he know what specific options/”pathways” students have if they are sexually harassed or raped at ASU.
SDASA founder Jasmine Lester said that too often, incidences of sexual assault are seen as women just playing hard to get, or “boys being boys,” or that assaults can’t occur in married couples.
Jasmine Lester said she believes that Arizona State University does its best to protect its professors and its funding, even if it comes at the cost of victimizing its students. “Forget about squashing scandals and think about all of the students you are sending into classrooms and off to foreign countries with sexual predators,” she said.