Despite Rape Crisis, Campus Isn't Looking to Move On

Amherst College tries to answer outrage, avoid tokenism, and engage everybody in a discussion of 'sexual respect'

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Carolyn A. (Biddy) Martin (second from left in front row), president of Amherst College, meets with students during a rally on the campus. The uproar over a student's experience of sexual abuse "has created an opening,” she says, “for which I am very grateful.”

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Carolyn A. (Biddy) Martin (second from left in front row), president of Amherst College, meets with students during a rally on the campus. The uproar over a student's experience of sexual abuse "has created an opening,” she says, “for which I am very grateful.”

The harrowing account of rape and disregard that has consumed Amherst College for two weeks isn't going away—and nobody there seems to want it to. But in fact, the story of Angie Epifano published in the student newspaper didn't start a dialogue about sexual violence on the Massachusetts campus: It took an evolving discussion and accelerated it.

That's uncomfortable but