RAs submit stories of institutional mistreatment in Voice online exclusive

healyIn a Voice online exclusive, eight anonymous current or former Resident Advisers present stories of institutional mistreatment by the Office of Residential Living during their time at Georgetown. The stories include RAs who have been sexually assaulted by their residents and RAs who were not supported after experiencing work-related trauma.

These submissions, gathered anonymously to protect the RAs’ personal privacy and job security, follow Thomas Lloyd‘s (SFS ’15) Tuesday op-ed, published in The Hoya. Lloyd’s op-ed recounts his experience as the first responder to the Daniel Milzman ricin incident and the toll it took on him personally. Lloyd criticizes the University for the lack of support it gave him and the way it used his status as an RA against him.

Lloyd may lose his job for writing about the incident. The Voice collected stories from other RAs to show that he is not alone in being mistreated by ResLife. Other RAs have experienced trauma in their role as a University employee and not felt supported by the University or suspected that they were being pushed out of the program for being a potential liability.

One RA watched as ResLife completely mishandled her report of a sexual assault by her resident.

I was sexually assaulted by one of my residents the first weekend of the school year. I told one of my co-RAs, who, out of a place of care, urged me to come forward to my Community Director. So I did. I didn’t know where this was going to go when I told my CD, I just felt like I should tell someone with authority. I was never informed of my resident’s or my own rights regarding sexual assault. From there, it went straight to the head of the department, and suddenly I was being told that I’d probably be removed from my job. GUPD was allegedly brought in to conduct an investigation, but I was never asked if I wanted them to be involved and still don’t know what information was divulged to them and how exactly they responded. For several weeks I didn’t know whether or not I would be fired, which along with having serious mental and emotional consequences also significantly affected my financial situation.

The rest of the stories are accessible in the Voice online exclusive.

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4 Comments on “RAs submit stories of institutional mistreatment in Voice online exclusive

  1. ” GUPD was allegedly brought in to conduct an investigation, but I was never asked if I wanted them to be involved and still don’t know what information was divulged to them and how exactly they responded.”

    I mean… this is how police investigations work, right? If there’s a claim that a crime took place, the police are obligated to investigate, whether the alleged victim wants them to or not. They are not obligated to disclose the facts or methods of their investigation to the alleged victim.

    Either GUPD is a ‘real’ police organization, or it’s not. If it’s the former, then their primary allegiance has to be to the investigation, not to the complainant. If it’s the latter, then we’ve presupposed that they’re not good enough to competently investigate these types of incidents to begin with.

  2. I understand the value of presenting the harsh realities of the experiences of certain Georgetown students, but if you are going to present an explicit account of clearly traumatic experiences, please consider adding a warning or a trigger warning ahead of the text. I’m asking because this article has definitely set off emotional reactions in myself and other people I know. Respectfully, I understand the right for the press to publish what it wants, but considering what I and others have suffered, I’m asking you to please add a warning. Thank you.

  3. “The stories include RAs who have been sexually assaulted by their residents and RAs who were not supported after experiencing work-related trauma.”

    Does that not count as a warning?

  4. Don’t ask for special treatment if you can’t be bothered to read the second sentence.

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