Letters to the Editor

Cal Poly brushes off sexual assault allegations

A woman reported being sexually assaulted last week at a Delta Chi fraternity party held at an off-campus residence affiliated with the fraternity. The incident is the second sexual assault reported in connection with a Delta Chi event in recent weeks. The first incident, an alleged attempted sexual assault, took place at the fraternity’s headquarters, seen here, on March 6.
A woman reported being sexually assaulted last week at a Delta Chi fraternity party held at an off-campus residence affiliated with the fraternity. The incident is the second sexual assault reported in connection with a Delta Chi event in recent weeks. The first incident, an alleged attempted sexual assault, took place at the fraternity’s headquarters, seen here, on March 6. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Regarding the article on recent reports of sexual assault at Cal Poly (“Cal Poly fraternity suspended after second reported sexual assault,” April 5), I can’t help but feel angry.

Being a potential incoming female student to Cal Poly and knowing that such allegations have been made twice in the past month makes me feel skeptical about how far the university is truly going to resolve this issue.

This past year, at least three sexual assault reports involved Cal Poly’s Greek organizations. It’s no coincidence that one fraternity has had two sexual assault allegations in one month and yet holds no responsibility for the incidents.

Knowing that I might enter a campus where sexual assault reports aren’t taken seriously and not enough is being done to prevent them is quite alarming. At some point, the university has to intervene with harsher punishments to prevent such incidents. Until the members of the organization are removed from the root of the issue, Greek organizations will continue to receive sexual assault reports and hold no responsibility for them. I want to enter a campus where I feel safe and welcomed, not targeted — one where school officials take such reports seriously, rather than brush them off to avoid a scandal that would lessen their university’s reputation.

Katya Ruiz, Paso Robles

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