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    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 2 comments on Students Gather Virtually to Share, Discuss How BU Handles Sexual Assault

  1. Well, I guess that the online Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training that was rolled out at BU not too long ago has not produced the desired effects… (Yes, we need to give it time…) In every instance in which severe, ongoing sexual abuse comes to light (whether it be the military, the film industry, higher education, etc., etc.), it’s because those holding authority failed to enforce existing rules and regulations. Zero tolerance (yes, with appropriate due process measures in place) is the only way to go, whether we’re talking about faculty, staff, or students. Failures on the part of those in leadership positions perpetuate the problem, with no end in sight. If victims don’t feel that their accusations will be taken seriously, they’ll remain silent, period. The easy way out in BU’s case will be to implement a nice online “refresher course” on sexual misconduct, thereby allowing university leadership to say: “You see? We really do take this problem seriously! We invested thousands of dollars on this really cool online refresher training, and if people don’t participate, they’ll bepunished! We’re really tough!” (The show must go on…)

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