#MeToo in­spires wave of old mis­con­duct re­ports to col­leges

The Norwalk Hour - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

BOS­TON — For 35 years, Ruth D’Ered­ita tried to dis­miss her former pro­fes­sor’s be­hav­ior — the way he touched her, groped her and kissed her. But last year, as dozens of women came for­ward to share sim­i­lar en­coun­ters with pow­er­ful men, she started to see her mem­o­ries dif­fer­ently.

“It made me look at that in­ci­dent and say, no, it was wrong,” said D’Ered­ita, a 1984 grad­u­ate of Mount Holyoke Col­lege, a women’s school in Mass­a­chu­setts. “I went there with a heart full of pas­sion, eager for schol­ar­ship, just to throw my­self into it, and this man looked at me as a po­ten­tial sex­ual part­ner.”

She’s now among a wave of women in­spired by the #MeToo move­ment to re­port past sex­ual mis­con­duct to their col­leges, break­ing some­times decades of si­lence in an at­tempt to ac­knowl­edge the wrong­do­ing, close old wounds and, in some cases, seek jus­tice.

The re­ports from deep in the past have also raised big ques­tions about how to in­ves­ti­gate such cases and how to usher them through newer dis­ci­pline sys­tems built upon up­dated ideas about right and wrong.

In many ways, schools say, they face the same frus­tra­tions that arose in last month’s Se­nate hear­ing over Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, who was ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing an­other teenager in the mid-1980s. Mem­o­ries fade. No one agrees. Wit­nesses stay quiet. District but is in a tough con­test with Demo­crat Amy Mc­Grath, a re­tired Ma­rine fighter pilot.

Democrats have fo­cused on the seat in their drive to re­gain con­trol of the House.

Trump tweeted be­fore his trip that Barr is a “fan­tas­tic guy” whose vote the pres­i­dent needs to make Amer­ica great again. Trump said Barr was strong on crime, tax cuts, the mil­i­tary, veter­ans and the Sec­ond Amend­ment. “Andy has my Strong­est En­dorse­ment!!!”

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den be­came the high­est pro­file Demo­crat to cam­paign for Mc­Grath when he vis­ited the state Fri­day night. Bi­den told a crowd in Owingsville that “ba­sic Amer­i­can val­ues are un­der as­sault” as vot­ers ready for the Nov. 6 elec­tions,

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