Letter: Stunning Verdict

To the Editor:

The verdict of not guilty in the case of the male Dartmouth student accused of raping a fellow student is a stunner, a surprise and deeply disturbing. If I were a young woman considering colleges, would I consider applying to Dartmouth? If I were assaulted or raped, would I be listen to and heard? Would I expect my parents to pay $62,000 a year for me to have the privilege of matriculating at this college? What is this culture of destructive drinking that was brought out in this case?

Our community at large and the Dartmouth community in particular must take a hard look, to be followed by hard action and a change in attitude.

Joan Ashley