After more than a dozen similar sexual assaults on and around campus over the past year and a half (including two this past week), the Georgetown administration has finally sent out a message about the issue to the campus community.
This evening, Vice President of Student Affairs Todd Olson and Vice President of University Safety Rocco DelMonaco sent out a broadcast e-mail about the incidents:
It is important to remember that those who perpetrate assaults are responsible for the harm they do. Descriptions that refer to some suspects as a “cuddler” detract from the serious nature of these incidents. We are committed to working with MPD to prevent crime, apprehend suspects, and enhance the safety and security of our campus community …
Working together we can prevent crime and help to keep our campus safe. Caring for one another is central to the Jesuit mission to be Women and Men for Others, and to care for one another and our campus community. Please join us in raising awareness and taking steps to address this set of issues.
I’ve complained about the administration’s relative silence about sexual assault issues in the past. When asked by the Voice on Tuesday about why the administration hasn’t been more vocal about sexual assaults, University President John DeGioia said, “right now the kinds of interventions that we have we think are proportionate to that kind of activity and this kind of concern.”
It’s nice to see the University finally explicitly address this problem, though—better late than never, after all.
Read the full broadcast e-mail after the jump…