I honestly thought that after my recent visit to Carleton University I would not get a chance to write about them ever again. Not so, however. Feministing reports that the school's administration just came out with an extremely offensive statement about a student who has been a victim of assault on campus: "Carleton University is being sued by an assault victim who says the school failed to have adequate security measures in the building where she was attacked. In response, Carleton has said that the student didn't keep a "proper lookout" for her own safety and should have locked the door to the lab where she was working." It is incredible that a university in Ontario, of all places, would engage in such blatant attempt at victim-blaming.
As I have discussed in an above-quoted post, Carleton is trying to squeeze out of the university's curriculum all courses that would give the students the skills necessary to analyze, question, and change ideological conditioning. They strive to create mindless little drones who would perform their duties and shut-up. In Carleton administration's ideal world, it would be possible to blame the victim of an assault for "provoking" the crime and get away with it.
But they can't get away with it. I am going to write a letter on my departmental letterhead protesting this disgusting statement to Carleton University's President and Vice-Chancellor. For those who want to do the same, here is the address where we can send our protests. I believe that doing this in a letter format will be more productive than sending an e-mail.
Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and Vice-Chancellor
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6
P.S. Here you can find the description of the attack and Carleton U's unconscionable response. I have to warn you, though, that the details are painful to read.