An editorial by an Emory & Henry College student, written in the wake of rape allegations at the University of Virginia, was recently featured on the website for CNN.
Following news that the University of Virginia suspended all fraternities and sororities and associated social activities for the remainder of the semester following allegations of a gang rape at a UVa fraternity, Chase Crickenberger, an E&H student from the Charlottesville area, went to social media to share his belief that a change in the narrative with regard to attitudes on rape is needed.
Crickenberger was motivated to write the editorial following an E&H Greek Council meeting during which the UVA event was discussed. Crickenberger felt strongly that the discussion about preventing such cases of campus sexual abuse should include but not be limited to Greek life.
While I mourn with the victim and her family, I also stand up for my own Greek organization and the Greek council of my college, whom I know does their best to strive for self improvement and hold on high the basic moral principles that make us humanChase Crickenberger
Crickenberger says he was surprised by the positive response from friends on his original Facebook post. That feedback, which came from family and friends, spurred him to submit his editorial to CNN via the news organization’s iReport web form.
CNN iReport producers quickly reached out to Crickenberger with questions about his piece. After several rounds of emails, producers approved his editorial and featured it on the news outlets website, which has a worldwide audience.
You can read the entire editorial here.