Justice for Lena

Originally posted on Bluestockings Magazine :

Trigger Warning: This article and Lena’s testimony include graphic depictions of sexual assault, violence and trauma.
Photo by Cynthia Fong

Photo by Cynthia Fong

Earlier today, Brown University student, Lena Sclove, returned to campus to discuss the University’s unacceptable response to her sexual assault that occurred during the fall semester of 2013.

Lena was accompanied by her parents, Marcie and Richard Sclove, and the President of Road to Recovery, Inc., Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., who oversees a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual violence and their families. Friends, Brown students, and community members all gathered outside the Van Wickle Gates to hear her story.

On August 2, 2013, Lena was strangled twice and raped by a former friend, who is also a Brown University student. During the assault, she said “no” over seven times – she never once said “yes”. She had no doubt of the seriousness of the crime that…

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One response

  1. At least she won’t have to see him on campus now. Day One was founded to give victims of sexual assault an alternative to dealing with the system alone or trusting in authorities, such as colleges, that don’t have their best interests in mind.

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