Finally someone is doing something to intervene before it happens ...Now if the domestic violence probation department would start sending their offenders to the only program in Portland that doesn't require victims to pay for the batterers program fees(Teras Interventions and Counseling)-we will start to have a truly coordinated community response!
First , I don't want to invalidate the tragedy endured by the woman who survived her attacker/rapist nor do I want to come across as anti-police. And yes, my brother was murdered and I have experienced crimes against me so please refrain from using fallacies to support your opinions. Mine at least has some real experience.
My first reaction to Cops on Campus and giving them guns was"what are they thinking?" Please let me explain before making a judgement. I have only my experience and the track record of PSU faculty's misuse of CPSO and other resources hysterically reacting to and in some cases abusing students who challenged their authority or in some manner "disrespected" them.
Having police with guns to replace security guards won't reduce crime,rather it will increase the abuse of authority by faculty who enlist the support of CPSO (much to their annoyance) and people like Michelle Toppe , every time they hysterically react to a student with the courage to challenge their abusive behavior. I know because the social work school did it to me. In retaliation for my filing a grievance and litigation several faculty went to Michelle Toppe and without any conduct code violations, or credible, rational threat,sent defamatory emails to all GSSW students and faculty instructing them to call CPSO if I was not only seen on campus but if anyone had appointments with me outside school in the community. I wasn't trespassed from campus and never threatened to harm anyone. They just wanted to isolated me from witnesses, defame me to discredit my testimony and avoid being accountable for violating my rights.Michelle Toppe assisted their efforts acting as a consultant.As the director of a nonprofit providing batterer intervention services my reputation was in serious jeopardy.
That aside,the students like the courageous young woman deserve a better run system with accountability and quality assurances outside the confines of the thickly insulated, non transparent walls of academia. I can see these armed police responding to ridiculous requests for "a security escort" from faculty, fearing retaliation because they know they did something wrong to a student while a real crime is happening elsewhere.Without very clear guidelines and protocols regarding what is or isn't a legitimate threat, police on campus won't make a difference and could be used to further the agendas of rogue, hysterical, angry faculty placing an unsuspecting student in harms way.
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