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Allegations of 'Rape Attic' Lead to Swarthmore Sit-In

Protesters want the school to dismantle its two frats
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2019 11:10 AM CDT
Swarthmore College students sing during a sit-in at the Phi Psi fraternity house Monday, April 29, 2019, in Swarthmore, Pa.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania has only two fraternities, but protesters staging a days-long sit-in on campus say allegations of systemic sexual violence—including the existence of a "rape attic"—make it clear they must go. The latest controversy comes after two campus publications published the minutes of meetings at the Phi Psi fraternity from 2012 to 2016 that speak of sexual assaults and are filled with derogatory slams against women and minorities. The school has suspended all frat activities while it investigates. Details and developments:

  • The start: A handful of students started this Tumblr blog headlined "Why Swarthmore's Fraternities Must Go," reports Inside Higher Ed. Female students detailed their experiences, and it soon gained traction with more than 100 submissions.
  • The details: Campus publications the Phoenix and Voices separately published leaked meetings minutes in which Phi Psi members purportedly talked about their parties, sexual conquests, etc. "Keep up the hustle this weekend," wrote one member in 2014. "I want to see chicks’ Olympic torches doused with your seed.” The minutes also included photos and videos of women, apparently taken without permission, per the AP.

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