Protesters shut down a frat that bragged about having a “rape attic.”
Swarthmore College’s Phi Psi and Delta Upsilon frats chose to disband after dozens of students protested the frats’ alleged history of joking about rape, bragging about sexual assault, conducting hazing, and using racial and homophobic slurs.
Amal Haddad, a member of Organizing for Survivors, joined students to protest the campus’ Greek life.
“Transformative justice means that we do not view what is contained in these minutes simply as a case of bad apples of a few bad guys,” she said. “So when we say holding people accountable, we mean remaking these systems.”
After student-run publications The Phoenix and Voices leaked the frats’ meeting minutes from 2010-2016, Organizing for Survivors and the Swarthmore Coalition Against Fraternity Violence staged sit-in protests inside and around the frat houses, demanding the Greek organizations leave Swarthmore College.
“It’s not about holding these specific members who said these things accountable, it’s about holding the fraternity, and the institution, and the college accountable for allowing this to happen, and continuing to allow violence to happen,” Hadded said. “The fraternity is an inherently exclusionary, and an inherently violent institution not just a Swarthmore, at your school, too.”
Approximately 11% of all students experience rape or sexual assault on campus.