Thank you for your coverage of the brutal attack on our friend and colleague, Dr. David Warner. However, I have two concerns.
First and foremost, the university put pressure on students who witnessed this horrific act of violence to come forward and identify the suspects. Whether this identification comes from sorority or fraternity leadership, the Panhellenic Council, faculty, staff, etc., does not matter. What does matter is that there were many people in the vicinity, as the video released by the police indicates, and no one has been identified. This code of silence, whether it is about rape or other forms of violence, must be abolished. While the attack took place off-campus, it involved campus people, and was in the midst of campus housing. This concerns all of us if we really are a community, and if we care about the safety of our precious brothers and sisters.
My second concern is with the language used to describe the brutal assault. The assault itself is a fact, not alleged. Police and medical personnel have confirmed it. What is not clear is who committed the assault. Language is powerful. Please use it appropriately.
Callie Palmer, doctoral student
Cultural Studies and Social Thought