Jenn Morson is a freelance writer living and working outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband and their four children.
A plaque dedicated to a revered campus minister is now absent from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Its removal is tied to the story of Karen, who describes an institutional tolerance of abuse.
Administrators at Franciscan University of Steubenville started the school year with a public commitment to stop sexual violence and harassment. Some students' stories suggest there is much work to be done.
The president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, announced Aug. 31 a new initiative aimed at better addressing sexual assault and abuse. Franciscan Fr. Sean Sheridan offered apologies for any sexual abuse or violence suffered at the hands of the university family and for any failure in handling these situations.
For the past several years, women in Franciscan University alumni groups have been sharing experiences they had while attending the school, as well as reacting to published statements by faculty, that point to a disparity between policy and practice when it comes to addressing sexual harassment and assault at the school.