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 →
At least three Barrett Honors professors are no longer teaching at Arizona State University after their contracts were not renewed. FOX 10 uncovered a pattern of sexual relationships between students and professors within the honors college. Relationships that ultimately led to some professors leaving the University, and some students claiming sexual abuse.
Recent allegations of sexual misconduct involving professors and students at Barrett, the Honors College, have left students dissatisfied with ASU’s sexual assault and harassment reporting and disciplinary processes.
The following blog post was written by SDASA founder Jasmine Lester and anonymous student victim “Jane,” who was groomed and raped by Dr. Joel Hunter. Sign our Change.org petition.
Rape culture is deeply ingrained in Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College, where professors sexually abuse students and the administration silences victims.
Five years after being sexually harassed by my Honors professor and betrayed by the administration that was supposed to protect me and other students, I joined a national movement to fight rape culture in higher education and formed Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault. Through my work, I learned of another student victim, Jane, who had been sexually abused by her Honors professor Dr. Joel Hunter.