OxStu, issue a full apology acknowledging that the victim blaming in your article was wrong and irresponsible. Amelia Hamer, writer of the article and editor of the OxStu, must resign.
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On 29th of June 2014, Amelia Hamer, the editor of the Oxford University student newspaper, ‘The Oxstu’, wrote and published a damaging article titled, ‘Sullivan’s alleged rape victim knew her claims to be false’.
In the article, Amelia Hamer insinuated that an alleged rape victim at Oxford University should be seen as less credible because the student “had a reputation” for being promiscuous.
Hamer’s article stated that, “the same student is believed to have boasted of sleeping with ‘Union Hacks’ who regularly feature in Oxford’s three student newspapers”.
The article continued, “She [an alleged rape victim] added that the allure of sexual encounters with well-known students was to develop a status as a “conquest-collector”.
We believe that no rape victim is ever responsible for their attack, and that victim blaming is never justified.
In response to backlash against the article, it was removed from the OxStu’s website, but no acknowledgement or apology has been issued from Amelia Hamer or the newspaper. OUSU’s response has been to pay £400 for Hamer and her fellow editor to go on a media law training course.
Over the course of their degrees at Oxford, it is estimated that as many as one in four students will be raped or sexually assaulted. They deserve better than this.
We, the undersigned, ask for a full apology to be issued from the OxStu newspaper acknowledging that such attempts to blame victims are wrong and irresponsible. We ask that Amelia Hamer resign from her position as editor of the OxStu.
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