Stop the victimization of the victims of rape/sexual assault at TCU.
  • Petitioned Texas Christian University & AED

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Texas Christian University & AED
Chancellor
Victor J. Boschini
AED
Cindy Stanfield
AED
Phil Hartman

Stop the victimization of the victims of rape/sexual assault at TCU.

    1. Hillary Shepheard
    2. Petition by

      Hillary Shepheard

      Fort Worth, United States

An act of sexual assault on any level forever changes the life of an individual. In today's society, especially as seen on my college campus, a majority of victims fear seeking justice more than anything else because of their treatment by either the public or authorities. As a result, these individuals are forever scarred, never given justice, and worst of all their attackers are free to continue destroying the lives of other victims.

 

My mother is such a victim, and her story is the reason I refuse to allow this to continue. Below you will find the story I have posted on my personal Facebook page that explains what has happened to her and why something must be done to change our society for the better. 

 

To anyone who does/has known me, my sisters, and my mother… Please read this.



And after reading it… Please help show support by sharing/liking this.



Twenty Four years ago, my mother was abducted, brutally raped, and nearly murdered. She was the only victim at the time willing to press charges... At least two other women came forward prior to my mothers assault, but dropped charges after the assailant threatened them, even killing one of the women's dogs & hanging it in the tree to be found the next morning.



Without the support of my mother's family, she went to the police & testified against this man that tried to take her life. He plead guilty & due to my mother's relentless determination to see justice, she found peace in knowing her assailant could never do what he had done to her to another woman.



About 5 months ago however, she received information that her assailant was to be released on parole with special conditions. After 24 years of hiding such pain, I watched the pain and fear rip apart my mother in a way I could never understand. This time, it wasn’t just about what had happened to her… This time it was about what could happen to her, & most importantly her three daughters that are identical in both physical appearance & age to herself at the time she was abducted.



Immediately, she sought out any form of protection for herself & us. One of which was a personal protection dog from Germany. Unfortunately, the easiest way to get to my mother is through TCU, as she had been an employee on campus for over TEN YEARS.



TCU refused to work with her however & after she requested time off to prepare for the impending parole release, TCU terminated her. This termination was not only wrongfully done in legal terms, but blatantly discriminated against her due to the emotional state she suffered from her assailants impending release. 

Just recently the Special Prosecution unit has determined that my mother's assailant will be tried for civil commitment. This in turn means he is a high risk to the public. There are documents to prove this... Below is the code under which this criminal is deemed too dangerous to the public thus justifying my mother's concern and emotional state.

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

TITLE 11. CIVIL COMMITMENT OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS

CHAPTER 841. CIVIL COMMITMENT OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 841.001. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. The legislature finds that a small but extremely dangerous group of sexually violent predators exists and that those predators have a behavioral abnormality that is not amenable to traditional mental illness treatment modalities and that makes the predators likely to engage in repeated predatory acts of sexual violence. The legislature finds that the existing involuntary commitment provisions of Subtitle C, Title 7, are inadequate to address the risk of repeated predatory behavior that sexually violent predators pose to society. The legislature further finds that treatment modalities for sexually violent predators are different from the traditional treatment modalities for persons appropriate for involuntary commitment under Subtitle C, Title 7. Thus, the legislature finds that a civil commitment procedure for the long-term supervision and treatment of sexually violent predators is necessary and in the interest of the state.

The email below was sent to TCU as well, from my mother, proposing a way to not only fix this situation, but to serve TCU in a way no one has ever done before, & help victims currently being neglected:

"I am a special victim and the documents that I have attached indicate my assailant was due for release in June but will now be tried by the Special Prosecution Unit, because he is a danger to society. THere were at least 30 other victims (so I was told 24 years ago) and I was the ONLY ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH CHARGES.

 
I was wrongfully terminated and discriminated against because my emotional state while dealing with an impending release. Today was mediation between my attorney and AED (with their attorney) and Shari Barnes (along with TCU's Attorney).

I had hoped that we could come to a Win-Win Solution and resolution to this situation but unfortunately the other party including TCU had no desire to do so.

I am one of the few people in the State that has endured and gone through the processes of being abducted, brutally raped and assaulted, and put my assailant in prison with a plea of guilty and now will testify to having him civilly committed due to the danger he poses.

I would like to petition you to assign me a position of the campus Rape Crisis Leader. I have a masters degree but am more that willing to complete any other certification needed. You currently do not have anyone to help those students in crisis that have been through the horrific ordeal themselves. I can say from experience you can not help if you have not been through it!

My daughters have had many concerns about the sexual assault cases not even being emailed anymore as alerts. 

We could do good and help a problem that is not being handled well. I say not being handled well because of the way I have been treated. Fired while asking for time to deal with my assailant's release! (they say it was insubordination I have proof that is not the case) If this is how TCU employees are handled what horrors do the students face?  Regardless of what has transpired today I love TCU and I want to help make it better safe place. I want to keep my girls enrolled (one of which is your student body vice-president of external affairs).

I want my responses to the public to be positive about what TCU is doing not only to correct the situation with me but to help those students that need help because of a sexual assault or violent crime. I have released my special privacy privileges to release my photo and my name in connection with being a special victim.

I do not wish to continue with lawsuits when there are ways to approach this that is a win for everyone, and more importantly serves the greater good. I have been forced to become passionate about  this subject matter and I will fight to make things right but I really want to do that with TCU not against TCU.  If I am forced to fight TCU very little gets accomplished with the exception that my situation will be remedied in some way. If the students can be served by working together and nothing is lost and only gained then lets talk about how we can make this work."

 


The response given however informed her that they never considered her as an employee of TCU, in fact the chancellor repeated the reorient that she did not work for him but for AED. TCU would not accept responsibility for her termination, nor the consequences of such which directly impact whether or not my sister & I will be able to attend TCU this Fall Semester.

Another important thing to remember is that the organization Victor Boschini says she worked for is an HONOR SOCIETY. They claim she was insubordinate, yet had NEVER been written up. In fact, my mother had a glowing review only eight weeks prior to her termination... Isn't there something odd about that? Maybe because there never was any insubordination.... Just a cover up that TCU allowed to keep its image from damage to the public eye.


No matter the past actions of TCU, I love this university as much as my mother & I refuse to allow it to be anything but the best it’s capable of being. Instead of reacting with rage & selfishness, my mother found a way to make the best of a situation many of us could never imagine being in. At this point, the only way to make things right is to let TCU see what it’s students & the public itself supports. So PLEASE help TCU see this injustice and encourage them to choose the solution that will serve the greater good of our university by sharing this post & having your parents contact the Chancellor. Thank you.

To:
Texas Christian University & AED
Victor J. Boschini, Chancellor
Cindy Stanfield, AED
Phil Hartman, AED
Stop the victimization of the victims of rape/sexual assault at TCU.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Kay Merkel Boruff DALLAS, TX
      • 5 months ago

      As a teacher for 38 years in a girls' school in Dallas, I'm horrified with the rate stats.

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 8 months ago

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      I am contacting you to receive your assistance in eradicating US Army toxic leaders. I need your assistance in educating all commanders and SJA's, Judges about this matter. Many leaders hide or destroy the fact they were abusive towards a soldier and just have them court martialed. Many soldiers that are court martialed requested assistance via IG and other leaders but it was not received.

      My case is currently in the appeals process; however I need your support in having my case re-heard or complelty dismissed. Please read my petiton on CHANGE.ORG (Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership) . If you wish to speak to me directly please call 803-477-7687.

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 8 months ago

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      I am contacting you to receive your assistance in eradicating US Army toxic leaders. I need your assistance in educating all commanders and SJA's, Judges about this matter. Many leaders hide or destroy the fact they were abusive towards a soldier and just have them court martialed. Many soldiers that are court martialed requested assistance via IG and other leaders but it was not received.

      My case is currently in the appeals process; however I need your support in having my case re-heard or complelty dismissed. Please read my petiton on CHANGE.ORG (Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership) . If you wish to speak to me directly please call 803-477-7687.

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

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    • Lauren Springob SUGAR LAND, TX
      • 10 months ago

      Being a victim of unresolved sexual assault, I know how it feels. She should be offered protection and the means to protect herself. Those religious bastards need to be recognizing her for the strong woman that she is and show her some respect! I know I certainly have so much respect for her, and I honor her strength.

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    • Rachel Fry FORT WORTH, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Great opportunity got awareness and to right a wrong

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