Amherst Vows Rape Policy Change

Amherst College has vowed to change its policy toward sexual assaults after the campus newspaper printed a disturbing account of the way the school reacted to her rape case. “Eventually, I reached a dangerously low point, and in my dependency, began going to the campus’s sexual-assault counselor,” writes Angie Epifano in The Amherst Student. She writes that she felt the school asked her “are you sure it was rape?” The response on campus was immediate, and within hours, other Amherst students, both past and present, told their own stories of sexual assault at the school—and called on the school to change its policy. The school’s president, Carolyn Martin, released an impassioned statement declaring things “must change, and change immediately.”