Emerson takes steps in the right direction after sexual assault complaints, BARCC says
By: Brooke Jackson-Glidden
BOSTON — Emerson College’s administration released a new plan of action for survivor support and assault prevention yesterday after students filed an official complaint with the Department of Education last week. The plan involves the creation of a “sexual assault advocate” position for students, among other changes to the current response plan.
Meg Bossong, manager of community engagement of the Boston Rape Crisis Center, commended Emerson president Lee Pelton for the “promptness and gravity” of the campus-wide email he sent yesterday, in which Pelton detailed the plan and apologized for the response of the university in the past.
“I think, without delving into the details of the plan, it’s really important that the leadership of a university make a clear statement about the campus response to sexual assault,” Bossong said.
In particular, Bossong considers having one person as an expert or resource for [survivors] “a hallmark” of sexual assault prevention plans in universities.
The university will hold campus community meetings about developing a safe environment on campus in the future.