Students For the Removal of Winthrop Dean Sullivan

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Kay Fanning
3 years ago
Mr. Weinstein is beyond the pale. Representing him is indefensible. It means you have taken an ideological position. To say otherwise is not true.

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3 years ago
The students deserve to feel safe and supported. Resign from your dean post.

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Keith Danish
3 years ago
I am NOT signing this absurd petition. It is Un American. Read the Bill of Rights. Read history. We are all entitled to due process, equal protection, a presumption of innocence, and a right to counsel. This is not Mao's China. ❄❄❄❄❄

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Elizabeth Evenson
3 years ago
I do not believe that someone who's twice defended alleged sexual harassers should be allowed to remain as faculty dean.

How is any victim supposed to feel comfortable reaching out for help to someone who's most likely defended a professor with a long string of complaints and is currently defending possibly the biggest #metoo name out there?

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Alice Tong
3 years ago
Two Harvard Law professors, one being a Dean, are out to defend Weinstein...the man who has sexually assaulted more women than we know! Professors who are suppose to at least pretend to be a good example to the students they teach are out there putting their Harvard empowered legal weight against the #MeToo movement that so many of the students they teach are a part of? Harvard administration should to be involved in removing the two Law professors who no longer serve the interest of the students at Harvard!!

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Alice Tong
3 years ago
Dershowitz from Harvard is also involved. Harvard should try to preserve its reputation...their law professors are defending sexual abuser.

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Hilda Jordan
3 years ago
I believe a faculty dean should be held accountable to the standards established by his office and the institution.

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Anita Kanitz
3 years ago
„Together women are strong. Together we make a change. Together we triumph!
-Anita Kanitz

"If you are a survivor of sexual and domestic violence, rape and abuse, psychic terror and sadistic stalking, be proud of yourself. Because you have survived, in spite of everything, with all your courage, strength and bravery."
-Anita Kanitz

"If sexual and domestic violence, sexual slavery, rape and domestic homicide and sex murder continue to be trivialized worldwide and remain almost unpunished, we need not be surprised that women, girls, female children and female babies around the world are experiencing a global cruel genocide. A female holocaust that threatens the future of humanity: Sexual and domestic crimes, murders and femicide must punished with the strictest penalties in the world, otherwise one day there will be no more women in the world and that will be very soon! "
-Anita Kanitz

"Don't tell women, girls and female childs how to dress and look beautiful. It's more important to tell them to learn to defend themselves and to fight. The day may come, that this saves their lives. Self defense is a human right and human rights are women right's."
-Anita Kanitz

“over and over victims are blamed for their assaults. and when we imply that victims bring on their own fates - whether to make ourselves feel more efficacious or to make the world seem just - we prevent ourselves from taking the necessary precautions to protect ourselves. Why take precautions? We deny the trauma could easily have happened to us. And we also hurt the people already traumatized. Victims are often already full of self-doubt, and we make recovery harder by laying inspectors blame on them.”
― Anna C. Salter, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders

“From New Delhi to New York, from Durban to Rio; women and
girls are been hunted down by rapists, abused by pedophiles and
emotionally decapitated by a society that is becoming increasingly
hostile to the womenfolk”
― Oche Otorkpa

There are many crimes against women, girls and female childs: Domestic and sexual violence, street harassment, workplace harassment, catcalling, Eve teasing, taharrush gamea, rape culture, mass and gang rapes, war rapes, child rapes, marital rapes, dowry murder, forced and child marriages, FGM, sex slavery, women, girls and child trafficking, forced prostitution, rape pornography, online harassment, sadistic stalking, domestic and sexual murder, acid attacks, femicide, female infanticide, daily hate speech and sexism, sadistic and forced sexual practices, lack of freedom, education and human rights, forced dress codes like chador and burqa, victim blaming of assault, stalking, bullying and rape victims,witch hunts, widow murders, executions like stoning for rape and assault victims, imprisonment and punishment of female victims..
Violence against women, girls and female childs - particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence - are major public health problems and violations of women's human rights and childrens rights..
Recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.
Factors associated with increased risk of perpetration of violence include low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality.
Factors associated with increased risk of experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence include low education, exposure to violence between parents, abuse during childhood, attitudes accepting violence and gender inequality.
There is evidence from high-income settings that school-based programmes may be effective in preventing relationship violence (or dating violence) among young people.
In low-income settings, primary prevention strategies, such as microfinance combined with gender equality training and community-based initiatives that address gender inequality and relationship skills, hold promise.
Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence, such as by intimate partners, and present additional forms of violence against women.

Global violence uniquely affects the girl child. Although international legal instruments have been in place for decades to protect the girl child, thousands of brutal acts of violence and neglect specifically targeting the girl child can be observed around the world on a daily basis. For centuries, girls who have barely attained adolescence have been forced into marriage, often with men many years their senior. As a minor, a girl child cannot legally give her consent to enter into such a partnership. They have suffered in female genital mutilation rituals. They are traded, bought, and sold across national borders as commodities to be put to use as prostitutes or slaves, or merely to be sold again at a profit. Many girls are even victimized before birth, as technology and greater access to medicine have given rise to prenatal sex selection and selection abortion based on sex. Girls continue to face the threat of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces and schools. Their lives may be taken for the “honor” of their families for speaking to strangers or committing other minor transgressions. Violence against the girl child has become a powerful and all-too-common tactic in times of war and humanitarian disaster.

That is the reason why I am fighting my whole life for human rights, women and girls rights and children's rights. But it is not enough, day by day the world is getting a more dangerous and barbaric place for childs, girls and women! And the greatest danger on earth for all of us are the male humans, what a shame for humankind!

Femicide, misogyny, stalking, sexual violence, rape culture, hate speech is everywhere:

Horrible rape and murder cases worldwide:

The most horribe rape and murder case in history:

Junko Furuta, Japan, (1988):

In the hands of hearthless evils:
Furuta was a 17-year-old Japanese girl whose case became known as the “concrete-encased high school girl murder case.” Furuta was kidnapped by four teenage boys and, aside from the brutality of the assaults against her, the most disturbing thing is that she was held at one of the kidnapper’s houses and his parents were present the entire time, knew what was going on, and did nothing to stop it.
Also extremely disturbing is that Furuta turned 17 while she was in captivity and enduring these horrors. There’s something tremendously upsetting about that.
To avoid concern over her abduction, the perpetrators forced Furuta to call her parents and tell them that she would be staying at a friend’s house for a while. Over the course of her confinement, Furuta was repeatedly raped, beaten, and tortured by her four captors until they killed her. The parents of Kamisaku were present in the home for at least a part of the time that Furuta was held captive, and though she pleaded with them for help, they did not intervene, later claiming that they feared their son too much to do so.
Furuta was held captive in the Minato residence for forty days, where she was abused, raped and tortured. They also invited and encouraged their other friends from Yakuza, to torment Furuta. According to their trial statements, the four of them: Raped her over 400 times.
• Beat her several times.
• Starved her.
• Hanged her body from the ceiling and used her as a "punching bag"
• Dropped barbells onto her stomach several times.
• Forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine.
• Forced her to masturbate in front of them.
• Inserted foreign objects into her vagina and anus.
• Shoved a still-lit light bulb into her vagina.
• Set fireworks into her anus, vagina, mouth and ears.
• Burnt her vagina and clitoris with cigarettes and lighters.
• Burnt her eyelids with hot wax and lighters
• Tore off her left nipple with pliers.
• Pierced her breasts with sewing needles.

The killers hid her corpse in a 208-litre oil drum filled with concrete. They disposed of the drum in a tract of reclaimed land in Kōtō, Tokyo.
All of them were getting low penalties, because they were juveniles. My opinion is, every one of these heartless devils need the death penalty! But there is no justice on earth for rape and murder victims, because we are living in patriarchy!

Ajmer Rape Case (1992), India:

It was a brutal and inhuman case of coerced sexual exploitation in Ajmer, Rajasthan. A gang raped over 100 of school girls. They clicked their naked photos to further exploit them. After being raped, depressed victims committed suicide.

Jalgaon Rape Case (1993), India:

It is one of the prime cases of human trafficking in Maharashtra. Near about 500 innocent girls and women were raped and sold off and most of them were school girls.

The (1993) Houston gangrapes, U.S.:

On the last night of their lives in 1993, 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman had taken a short cut through a railroad bridge in an attempt to make it home before their 11:30 curfew. But they never did.
Pena and Ertman were grabbed by a gang named the Black and Whites on the railroad bridge, and raped for the next one hour. All the six rapists in the gang were teenagers, the youngest Vinnie Medellin, being just 14.
As per the medical examiner, Pena's two front teeth had been knocked out, while two of Ertman's ribs were broken after she had died. The testimony also showed that their necks were stomped upon after they were strangled to death to ensure that "they were really dead."

Murder of Kelly Anne Bates, (1996), U.K.:

Kelly Anne Bates (18 May 1978 – 16 April 1996) was a British teenager who was murdered in Manchester on 16 April 1996 when aged 17 She was tortured, abused, raped, mutilated over a period of four weeks, including having her eyes gouged from their sockets up to three weeks before her death, by her partner James Patterson Smith (born c. 1948) before being drowned in a bathtub.
The murder inquiry was headed by Detective Sergeant Joseph Monaghan of Greater Manchester Police, who said: "I have been in the police force for 15 years and have never seen a case as horrific as this." William Lawler, the pathologist who examined Bates' body, described her injuries as "the worst he had seen on a murder victim" Smith, a misogynist with a history of violence and torture against former sexual partners, denied murdering Bates but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 19 November 1997.

The gruesome rape and murder case, Karine Schaaff, France, (2001)

Sunday, July 22, 2001, not far from the northern French town of Bitche. The bike of 16-year-old Karine Schaaff is found abandoned on the roadside. What exactly happened?
Ten days later the police discoverd her corpse a few miles away in the forest. On the bike are white traces of paint and on the road skid marks and parts of a car flashing light. The evidence leads to the trail of a respectable family father, Stéphane Krauth, 28 years old.
In the course of the investigation it turned out that he pursued Karine Schaaff by car and she was deliberately hit and injured. He beat her and stunned her with tear gas. The injured on the head girl was kidnapped by him in a nearby forest, there mistreated and raped and then burned. The cruel crime shocked all France.
Her mother has left her child's room as it was because she can not bear that her cruelly murdered child will not return.
Karine Schaaff was a diligent student and a decent happy girl. She had good grades and wanted to become an architect. This dream was destroyed by a male heartless monster.

Jessica Lunsford Case. (2005), U.S.:

On February 24, 2005 in Homosassa, Florida, a 9 year old girl went missing from her house. Her name was Jessica Lunsford. She was abducted from her home, raped not once but twice and killed by 46 years old John Couey. In his confession, Couey said that he raped Lunsford in his bedroom twice. Then he put her in his closet and ordered her to remain silent.
Three days after her abduction, Couey tricked Jessica into getting into a garbage bag, and buried her alive. On August 24, 2007, Couey was sentenced to death, after carrying three consecutive life sentences. However, on September 30, 2009, before the sentences could be carried out he died of natural causes.

The murder of Oksana Makar,(2012), Ukraine:

Oksana Makar was a few months away from her 19th birthday when she was gangraped by three men in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in March, 2012.
However, Makar's agony did not end there. Her assailants attempted to strangle her after the rape, and later moved her to a deserted construction site, where she was set on fire alive. Makar, after burning for hours, was discovered the next morning, still breathing. Two weeks later, she succumbed to her injuries from the burn and smoke inhalation. As per reports, since unmarried, she was buried in a wedding dress.

Delhi Gang Rape and Murder Case (2012), gang rape, torture and murder of Jyoti Singh, India:

16 December 2012 is the darkest day in the history of India. Delhi Gang rape and murder case was one of the most brutal cases not only in India but in the world. She was beaten, gang raped, tortured, mutilated. The intestine was torn out of her. Jyoti Singh died after the cruel gang rape and mutilation. All the six convicted people were arrested and one of them Ram Singh committed suicide in a trial period in jail. Four of them were sentenced to get hanged and the young boy under 18 was sent for three years to a juvenile home. But all five culprits are alive until now!

Rape and murder of Anene Booysen (2013), South Africa:

Anene Booysen (October 30, 1995 – February 2, 2013) was a 17-year-old girl who was found by a security guard the morning after she had been gang-raped and disemboweled by having her abdomen slit open at a construction site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa on February 2, 2013; she was still alive, but died later in the day. Anene Booysen was found by a security guard lying a short distance from her house after spending time at a bar on the evening of February 2, 2013. She died from her injuries in hospital six hours later. She managed to identify one of her attackers before her death.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma condemned the attack as "shocking, cruel and most inhumane". The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South Africa's biggest labour union, called for mass action over rape in South Africa. Opposition parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko called for parliamentary hearings. The United Nations issued a statement strongly condemning the rape and murder. On 13 February, a protest, led by Annie Lennox, was staged at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.
Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp, both young South African women killed in 2013, were named SA Persons of the year 2013 by the Daily Maverick.

Rohtak Gang Rape (2015), India:

This was the worst case of rape as a woman’s naked, half-eaten body was found in Haryana’s Rohtak, with sticks and stones inserted in her. The 28-year-old woman’s body was found gnawed at by animals and with key organs missing, two arms and the left side of the body was gone. The police said sticks, stones and condoms were stuffed into her private parts. All the arrested men are from one village nine km from Rohtak.

Jisha Rape and Murder Case (2016), India:

The 30-year-old Indian woman was found by her mother. Her body had at least 30 stab wounds. Parts of her intestines had been removed using something sharp and she had a serious head injury. Later in a postmortem report, it was revealed that she was strangled, tortured and sexually assaulted before she died.

Sadistic rape, sexual torture and mutilation and murder of Kim Wall, Denmark, (2017):

The murder of Kim Wall, 30 years old, also referred to in Denmark as Ubådssagen ("The submarine case"), took place in August 2017 in Køge Bay. Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist, disappeared after last being seen with entrepreneur Peter Madsen on board his midget submarine UC3 Nautilus. Her body was later found dismembered and dumped in the bay. On 25 April 2018, Madsen was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by Copenhagen City Court.
On 10 August 2017, Wall and boyfriend Ole Stobbe were preparing to host a farewell party in Refshaleøen prior to their planned move to Beijing on 16 August. Shortly before the party, she received a text from entrepreneur Peter Madsen, with whom she had requested an interview earlier in the year, inviting her to interview him on board his midget submarine UC3 Nautilus. She agreed to join him on the submarine for two hours and boarded Nautilus around 19:00 local time (UTC+2). The submarine failed to return to the harbour and Stobbe called the police at 01:43 to report Wall missing. The submarine was sighted in Køge Bay just southeast of Amager by Drogden lighthouse at 10:30; it foundered at 11:00. Madsen was arrested after being rescued from the bay and charged with negligent manslaughter; police suspected that he had scuttled the submarine.
Madsen initially stated that he had dropped Wall off on land, but then admitted to dumping her body at sea after she died in what he claimed was an accident onboard the submarine. On 21 August, Wall's torso was found washed up on a beach in the southwest of Amager. A post-mortem examination found 15 stab wounds, mostly in the groin. Police probed possible links to other murder cases in Scandinavia, including the unsolved death of 22-year-old Kazuko Toyonaga in 1986 in Copenhagen, but did not find connections to any of them.
Madsen testified in a court hearing on 5 September that Wall died after being struck on the head by the submarine's hatch cover. The prosecution said that police had found videos on Madsen's computer showing women being murdered, and that witnesses said that they had seen Madsen watching videos of decapitation and practising asphyxiation sex. On 6 October, police divers found two plastic bags in Køge Bay containing Wall's head, legs, clothes and a knife; six days later, a saw was found in the water. The post-mortem found no signs of blunt trauma to the head and did not determine the cause of death. Later that month, Madsen changed his story, admitting to dismembering her body but continuing to deny intentionally killing her, saying that she may have died after poisonous exhaust gases entered the submarine while he was on deck The post-mortem showed no signs of exhaust gases in Wall's lungs. On 21 and 29 November, police divers found Wall's arms in the bay.
On 16 January 2018, Madsen was charged with murder, indecent handling of a corpse, and sexual assault. The prosecution accused him of having tortured Wall before killing her by cutting her throat or strangling her. His trial began on 8 March. On 25 April, he was convicted of all three charges and sentenced to life imprisonment. Madsen immediately appealed the verdict. On 7 May his solicitor declared that he had no energy for a new trial. Thus he didn't appeal the question of guilt, only the life sentence.

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling:

From France, where seduction is treated as a high art, to Sweden, a trailblazer for gender equality, the #MeToo movement has had a mixed impact in Europe, stirring debate about consent and the banality of street harassment.
Here is a look at how five countries were affected.


In France, where come-ons from men -- even when unwanted -- have long been treated as gallantry, the #MeToo movement has been divisive.

Thousands of women shared accounts of harassment or assault using the #MeToo or #Balancetonporc (Squeal on your pig) hashtags, but the wording of the French slogan rankled many, who accused the accusers of a witch hunt.

Among those who hit back was screen legend Catherine Deneuve, who signed an open letter by a group of 100 prominent French women defending men's freedom to "hit on" women and railing against the new "puritanism."

Deneuve, who drew hefty criticism over the letter, particularly among younger women, later apologised to sexual assault victims while saying she remained opposed to social media "denunciations".

Elected before the Weinstein affair broke, President Emmanuel Macron had already made fighting sexism a priority.

In August, parliament passed a new law that makes catcalling in the street a crime punishable by on-the-spot fines.


Sweden, a bastion of progressive gender policies, has not been spared scandal.

The venerable Swedish Academy, which awards the annual Nobel Literature Prize, was thrown into flux after several women accused the French husband of one of the academy members of sexual assault.

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Jean-Claude Arnault, who headed an influential cultural club in Stockholm, was sentenced this month to two years in jail for rape. The allegations prompted the academy to postpone the 2018 Literature Prize by a year -- a first in 70 years.

The government meanwhile seized the #MeToo momentum to push through a new law defining all sex without explicit consent as rape, irrespective of whether violence or threats are applied.


Spain was slow initially to react to #MeToo but a she-said-they-said case of alleged gang rape brought thousands onto the streets in April and amplified calls for change.

Five men, who called themselves "The Wolf Pack", had bragged in a WhatsApp messaging group about having sex with a teen during the Pamplona bull-running festival.

Accused of rape, they were convicted of the lesser offence of sexual abuse, prompting angry chants of "We women believe you" from demonstrators, which became the Spanish equivalent of the #MeToo slogan.

In July, the new Socialist government proposed to amend the rape law to introduce a Swedish-style condition of explicit sexual consent.


In Britain, sexual harassment revelations made heads roll in government.

Defence Minister Michael Fallon quit after being accused of groping a journalist and Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy, Damian Green, also resigned after being accused of inappropriate behaviour by a young activist.

Anti-poverty charity Oxfam and other NGOs also suffered severe damage to their reputations after several aid workers were accused of sexually exploiting people during missions in crisis-hit countries such as Haiti.

The government has promised to get tougher on harassment, particularly upskirting.

British police are also investigating assault claims against disgraced former House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, when he was in London between 2005 and 2008.


In Russia, where officials openly brag about their machismo, the #MeToo movement made almost no inroads.

The only senior official to be accused of harassment, MP Leonid Slutsky, reacted scornfully to allegations that he groped journalists and made lewd comments. A parliamentary ethics panel cleared his name, however, and Slutsky claimed the scandal had actually "boosted my gravitas".

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov made no secret of his contempt for #MeToo.

Peskov labelled the actresses who accused disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein "prostitutes", maintaining they were more interested in making money than bringing Weinstein to book.

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Marissa Guijarro
3 years ago
I’m signing because I support the victims of sexual assault at Harvard and beyond, and because educators have a particular responsibility to exercise a code of ethics and social justice.

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Erin Harrington
3 years ago
Cabot's amazing faculty deans were two of the people I trusted most at Harvard. Their role is a critical one for student well-being. Winthrop deserves a leader who students can trust with some of their most challenging life experiences.