A former Emmanuel College freshman says she won’t be returning to campus this fall after the school’s conduct board found a fellow student she accused of raping her not responsible for sexual misconduct.
The woman, Joanna Vandyke, announced her decision in an open letter on Facebook that’s since been shared over 1,500 times. In it, she says she was raped by the man during the second half of her freshman year and reported it to school officials.
Vandyke said she was encouraged by an administrator to handle the allegations through the school’s internal disciplinary code. In June, after a hearing and investigation, the college said there was insufficient evidence to find the accused responsible.
“My rapist is able to live on campus without a slap on the wrist,” she wrote. “You are fully aware of how he violated me several times and did not think a rape kit and countless accounts of the night was sufficient evidence.”
“For this reason, I have decided to not return to Emmanuel in the fall. It is clear to me that you value your reputation more than you value your community. The compassion that you spoke so strongly about in the beginning of my time with you was only skin deep. You host events that 'empower' women like myself to speak freely of issues like sex and race, but these are just empty words.”
“I hope this letter reaches any young girls who are seventeen and eager to begin their college career with you,” Vandyke concludes. “I just want them to know that you were not on my side and certainly will not be on theirs.”