On November 13, 2021 six survivors of U‑M sexual misconduct and advocates came together to describe the failures of the university in protecting victims, in their own words. The event, Stop Protecting Predators: Survivors Speak Up Against U‑M’s Pattern of Enabling Abuse, was supported by the Stamps DEI Initiative and featured panelists Chuck Christian (Stamps BFA’82), Maya Crosman (Stamps BFA’16), and Stamps professor Rebekah Modrak as panelists. Stamps alum Cassie McQuater (BFA’09) co-organized the event.
Calder Lewis and Kristina Zheng, reporters for The Michigan Daily covered the event. According to their reporting, Kelly McClintock, attorney for over 300 Anderson survivors as well as seven Conforth survivors at Grewal Law PLLC, served as a panelist for the program.
“When we hear our friends and our family or acquaintances or we see in the comment section, someone saying something to undermine the credibility of a survivor and speaking in a mean-spirited, not trauma-informed way, we have to stick out and we have to stand together and show solidarity to our brother and sister survivors,” McClintock said.
At the event, Professor Modrak called for a council of students, faculty, staff and survivors to oversee the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX office.
“We need to include the expertise of survivors,” Modrak said.
Watch the recording of the Stop Protecting Predators event on YouTube.
Read the full Michigan Daily article: ‘Justice was not given’: Survivors of Conforth, Anderson share experiences at forum