August 21, 2015 CBS This Morning Discussion
Has anyone been following the St. Paul Prep School Rape Case also known as the ‘Senior Salute’ Case, I have.
This is not just a he-said, she-said case with no evidence.
Why? Because of the text messages that were sent between the accuser and the accused, both before the “rape” and after the “rape”. The text messages following the sexual encounter show no distress, trauma or claim of assault in fact…..they are just the opposite.
The accuser reported a rape 5 days after the encounter and she originally claimed the encounter was consensual. Only after other students were talking about the sexual encounter did it turn into a “rape”.
Is she a victim? Or did she change her story about the encounter especially when other students knew about it and regret or self-loathing set in?
Is he a perpetrator, a rapist? Or did he and a female student have a sexual encounter that was 100% consensual when it was occuring?
Will he go to prison and become a Registered Sex Offender?
We’ll have to wait to find out but I know this…….. there will be no “winners” in the end, everyone loses in these situations.
Boarding School Sex Scandal: When Bro Culture Becomes Rape Culture, August 18, 2015
Was the tradition of the ‘Senior Salute’ at St. Paul’s, a top New Hampshire private school, an innocent sexual game, or did it have a much darker side?
By Lizzie Crocker
Did the frenzied hook-up culture of a top private school lead to a 15-year-old female student being raped?
Owen Labrie, a 19-year-old former student of
School in , has denied sexually
assaulting the female student in May 2014. Concord, New Hampshire
The trial began on Monday, with prosecutors expected to call current and former students to testify about the sexual culture at
’s School. St. Paul
Testimony is expected to be heard about the so-called “Senior Salute,” a long-standing tradition at the
New England boarding school
that involved senior students attempting to sleep with lowerclassmen and keeping
score of their conquests.
Labrie told police he was “trying to be number one” in the “Senior Salute” contest when he ended up on the roof of a building on campus one night with the alleged victim.
Labrie has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges, and repeatedly denied having intercourse with the girl, though he told detectives he did put on a condom.
He claimed she wanted to have intercourse, but that he stopped himself from going all the way in a “moment of self-restraint.”
But a sexual assault nurse at
found that the
alleged victim had “a laceration that would be consistent with penetration
having occurred,” according to a police affidavit. Concord
The affidavit also states that
told police they had been “trying to educate against” sexual “scoring” on
campus. St. Paul
The case at
School is an outlier not just because it occurred at a private high school, but
because it will be settled in criminal court at a time when many private and
public higher education institutions are adjudicating rape cases in kangaroo
campus courts. St. Paul
After the widely publicized controversy of Emma Sulkowicz’s alleged rape by a fellow student at
campuses are addressing what many have declared an “epidemic” of sexual assault. Activists
are working hard to combat so-called rape culture, systemic both on and off campus,
that they believe is the root of this epidemic. Mandatory affirmative consent
programs—even presented as apps—are being touted
as a potential solution. Columbia
St Paul’s case, it remains to be seen how much prosecutors
will cite the “Senior Salute” tradition, but several former ’s students have confirmed its
existence to The Daily Beast. St. Paul
One former student, Mike (not his real name), said the tradition is “very real” and described it as a kind of “send-off” that involved both male and female seniors hooking up with freshman or sophomore students.
“If it wasn’t a freshman or a sophomore, it didn’t count as a send-off,” Mike, 20, told The Daily Beast.
He had heard about the tradition throughout his freshman year at St. Paul’s and finally saw proof of it at the end of his second semester: a chalkboard in the basement of one of the larger buildings on campus that he described as “an enormous web of names, with lines connecting the people that had hooked up.”
Mike, an upcoming sophomore in college, recalled talking about one send-off for days after one of his senior friends, “a very good looking kid,” hooked up with a female underclassmen.
“No one could believe it. It was like Christmas,” he said, adding that when he was a student at
the “Senior Salute” was “never about going all the way.” St. Paul
While Mike and Labrie never overlapped at
(Mike transferred from ’s
to Kimball Union in 2010 at the end of his sophomore year), he said they played
soccer together at summer camp and on various pickup teams throughout high
school. St. Paul
He described Labrie as a quiet kid who was reputed to be extremely intelligent.
“Everyone knew that Owen was a freshman in junior-level classes,” he said, noting that Labrie came from a modest background relative to most
’s students. St. Paul
’s is all about
how elite you are, and the thing that I really remember about Owen was that
kind of culture wasn’t important to him.” St. Paul
“Everyone loved him,” said another
alumna, Emily (not her real name), who graduated in 2013 and was friendly with
Labrie. “He was a well-rounded kid, very personable, and was going to Harvard
on a full scholarship. He wasn’t a spoiled, pretentious, typical prep school
kid.” St. Paul
Emily defended her alma mater and denied media reports that the “Senior Salute” tradition at
is “sordid” and
predatory. St. Paul
“There’s no peer pressure or student-sanctioned event surrounding it,” she told The Daily Beast. “It was a coined term and tradition, but it’s really just hooking up with underclassmen. People at
’s call it ‘scoring,’” she said, which encompasses
“everything from holding hands to having sex.” St.
Emily acknowledged that both male and female friends at
’s would joke about “scoring,” but
said she believed both the jokes and the tradition were relatively innocuous
and anodyne. St. Paul
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary as far as these things go in high school,” she said, adding that upperclassmen viewed it as a chance to “score” with younger students whom they fancied before graduating. “It’s a realization that you likely won’t see these people again and now is your chance to hook up with them or date them if they’re interested.”
Neither Mike nor Emily knew exactly when the tradition was given a name, with points and a tallying system. And it’s unclear when the tradition started. One anonymous alum who graduated in 1998 said he never heard of it during his four years at
’s. St. Paul
“There were some students, boys and girls, who wanted another notch on their bedpost before graduation, but I would classify those individuals as outliers rather than the norm,” he told The Daily Beast.
In a statement issued on Monday, St. Paul’s Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld wrote that the school does “not tolerate conduct that is at odds with our commitment to a safe and welcoming environment for everyone” in the school community, and that “current allegations about our culture are not emblematic of our School or our values, our rules, or the people who represent our student body, alumni, faculty, and staff.”
Labrie’s lawyer declined to comment for the story.