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Yale Accused of Not Protecting Women

The family of a female Yale student who was murdered by a male coworker is suing the university for not doing enough to prevent the tragedy.

By | September 8, 2011

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The family of Annie Le, the Yale University graduate student who was murdered by a lab technician in September 2009 at the Yale Animal Research Center, has filed a lawsuit against Yale University and Yale School of Medicine citing that the school failed to protect Le despite previous indications that the technician, Raymond Clark, posed a threat to her safety. The lawsuit goes further in claiming the university has a long history of negligence when it comes to protecting women against aggression and harassment. According to the 10-page lawsuit, "sexual attacks on and harassment of women at Yale had been a well-documented and long-standing problem, and there was a widespread belief that Yale repeatedly failed to impose meaningful discipline on offenders."

The lawsuit also accuses Yale of not responding quickly enough after people became aware that Le hadn’t returned to her home on the night of September 8, The Hartford Courant reports.

Paul Slager and Joseph Tacopina, the attorneys representing Le’s family, said in a statement, that "based on Yale's negligence in, among other things, hiring, retaining and supervising Clark, and providing a safe and secure environment for Annie Le, Ms. Le endured a brutal physical and sexual attack, resulting in significant conscious suffering before her death, for which Yale is liable." (Hat tip to The Chronicle)

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September 8, 2011

I can't speak to security; animal facilities are pretty secure places, thanks to animal rights terrorism. I can't speak to personnel screening; clever psychopath­s can fly under everyone's radar.   But as to gender climate... In 1974, 5 years after Yale first began to admit women students, I was awarded a full academic scholarshi­p there (I'm female). However, I listened carefully to warnings about how slowly the "climate" at all-male schools can "change", and ultimately turned it down. The Director of Admissions himself called me on the phone and asked me to reconsider­. I didn't. I often wonder how different my profession­al life might have been with a Yale degree, but I equally wonder how different my personal life might have been with a Yale degree... especially after last fall's eye-openin­g video of Yale men chanting "No means yes, and yes means anal".  Possiblty nothing could have prevented this horrific tragedy, but it seems to me that Yale has got a long-standing PR problem with gender climate.  Where there's smoke... 

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Anonymous

September 8, 2011

This tragedy is infuriating.  As a woman, I am especially sensitive to attacks, either in action or simply in attitude, towards other women.  But in instances like this, I find myself blaming the assailant, not the institution in which it occurred.  Yale did not "create" this madman, nor encourage his actions.  He was just that...a madman.

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September 8, 2011

Yale is liable, and I would not let my daughter go to Yale ...

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September 8, 2011

I can't speak to security; animal facilities are pretty secure places, thanks to animal rights terrorism. I can't speak to personnel screening; clever psychopath­s can fly under everyone's radar.   But as to gender climate... In 1974, 5 years after Yale first began to admit women students, I was awarded a full academic scholarshi­p there (I'm female). However, I listened carefully to warnings about how slowly the "climate" at all-male schools can "change", and ultimately turned it down. The Director of Admissions himself called me on the phone and asked me to reconsider­. I didn't. I often wonder how different my profession­al life might have been with a Yale degree, but I equally wonder how different my personal life might have been with a Yale degree... especially after last fall's eye-openin­g video of Yale men chanting "No means yes, and yes means anal".  Possiblty nothing could have prevented this horrific tragedy, but it seems to me that Yale has got a long-standing PR problem with gender climate.  Where there's smoke... 

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September 8, 2011

This tragedy is infuriating.  As a woman, I am especially sensitive to attacks, either in action or simply in attitude, towards other women.  But in instances like this, I find myself blaming the assailant, not the institution in which it occurred.  Yale did not "create" this madman, nor encourage his actions.  He was just that...a madman.

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September 8, 2011

Yale is liable, and I would not let my daughter go to Yale ...

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September 8, 2011

I can't speak to security; animal facilities are pretty secure places, thanks to animal rights terrorism. I can't speak to personnel screening; clever psychopath­s can fly under everyone's radar.   But as to gender climate... In 1974, 5 years after Yale first began to admit women students, I was awarded a full academic scholarshi­p there (I'm female). However, I listened carefully to warnings about how slowly the "climate" at all-male schools can "change", and ultimately turned it down. The Director of Admissions himself called me on the phone and asked me to reconsider­. I didn't. I often wonder how different my profession­al life might have been with a Yale degree, but I equally wonder how different my personal life might have been with a Yale degree... especially after last fall's eye-openin­g video of Yale men chanting "No means yes, and yes means anal".  Possiblty nothing could have prevented this horrific tragedy, but it seems to me that Yale has got a long-standing PR problem with gender climate.  Where there's smoke... 

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September 8, 2011

This tragedy is infuriating.  As a woman, I am especially sensitive to attacks, either in action or simply in attitude, towards other women.  But in instances like this, I find myself blaming the assailant, not the institution in which it occurred.  Yale did not "create" this madman, nor encourage his actions.  He was just that...a madman.

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September 8, 2011

Yale is liable, and I would not let my daughter go to Yale ...

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