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In February of 2012 I was raped on the Hampshire College campus.

in the words of an Amherst College friend: As a five college community we talk so much about Amherst College policy, which is incredibly important, but it often means we miss how far behind our neighboring institutions are in the pursuit of justice.

delchampion:

TW: sexual assault, rape

Today is December 10, 2013, and I was just informed of the repercussions for the man that raped me nearly 2 years ago.

Unfortunately for me, the rapist, Lale Labuko Zino, is a sweet Hampshire dream child. Thanks to his founding of an organization called Omo Child, he is held in high esteem and largely revered by both faculty and students of the college. This means that during the time I spent on Hampshire campus it was apparently quite unbelievable that such a ~wonderful~ person could do such a thing.

For whatever reason, the notoriety Omo Child, and Lale Labuko Zino himself, could bring to Hampshire College is enough of a reason for community-wide denial and mishandling of the situation.

I attended Hampshire College for only three semesters, dropping out because of the pressure and anxiety induced by the rape itself and the community attitude towards my offender. Recently I had been entertaining the idea of returning to Hampshire to complete my studies, however the idea of attending a school where rape is taken so lightly completely sickens me.

As of today, he has been convicted of sexual assault only; not convicted of sexual harassment, threatening and intimidating behavior, or physical endangerment – three things cannot be separated from rape in any sense. The “punishment” for sexual assault is as follows:

“Lale is no longer permitted to live in campus housing, effective December 17, 2013 (the close of housing for the fall 2013 semester) for the duration of his time as a Hampshire student.

Removal from housing means he may remain an actively enrolled student, but he is only allowed to use the academic resources of the College. He may only use the buildings and resources necessary to complete academic work. He is prohibited from any social gatherings on campus, formal or informal, or any events that are not a requirement of his academic work. Any requests to be on campus for anything other than class, a meeting with his faculty, or academic work (e.g., studying in the library) must be approved in advance.”

I am appalled and offended by Hampshire's policy on rape in the community and can only hope that a rapist allowed to interact with the community in which he committed the atrocious crimes will hurt nobody else.

While this is not the place to share specifics, I am more than willing to discuss my experiences regarding both Lale Labuko Zino and the Hampshire community during this ordeal. Right now I am working towards finding my next steps to assure I am comfortable with the ramifications of my rape on Hampshire’s campus, and for all incidents in the future.

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See-yuh laterzzzzz camp hamp!

See-yuh laterzzzzz camp hamp!

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Adventures with RedDot

Check out these webpages I wrote! I’m so proud that I (me, really, me!) learned a little something something about web design and programming! There are even fun side boxes with links and connecting pages. Also, there are some great resources up there now.

http://www.hampshire.edu/studentlife/1075.htm

http://www.hampshire.edu/studentlife/1074.htm

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hampshireadmissions:

New signs for the many all-gender bathrooms on campus. (Taken with Instagram)

hampshireadmissions:

New signs for the many all-gender bathrooms on campus. (Taken with Instagram)

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Why I love going to Hampshire College

Hi [my name]. Your package has arrived and we’ll keep it here for you.
[Postman]

On 7/31/2012 4:22 PM, [Postman] wrote: We can hold that here for you to pick up. It’s no problem. I’ll make a note to be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the e-mail [my name]!

[Postman]

On 7/31/2012 4:17 PM, [my name] wrote: Hi [Postmen],

I just got a package sent to my Hampshire box. I’m in Amherst for the summer, but going on leave in the Fall. Will I be able to come to Hampshire and pick up the package?

Thank you,
[my name]

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faintfantom:

hampshireadmissions:

Hampshire College’s 15th anniversary invitation, produced on an Evatone Soundsheet 33 1/3 RPM Record and mailed to alums in 1985. 

Hampshire College - hip before there were hipsters. 

WOW… Very odd.

"you’ll do things you haven’t done in years… enjoy the fall foliage."

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