Texas A&M President Michael K. Young sent a letter to the entire Aggie community this week in response to the 12thWoman's efforts to shine light on the issues that continue under his administration. We were asked by local media for a response, but KBTX didn't air all of what we had to say. So, here is what we think about President Young's letter.
We are disappointed but not surprised that President Young continues to treat our legitimate concerns simply as a PR problem.
We want Texas A&M to truly take this issue seriously and to uphold the Honor Code, Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do.
We want victims to be treated with dignity and respect during the most vulnerable moments of their lives. Texas A&M is not doing that when they excuse away the behavior of predators. They’re not doing that when they make victims go through the humiliating process of reporting their assaults, only to be blamed, ignored, or outright silenced.
The concerns we are raising aren't new to Texas A&M.
Both Chancellor Sharp and President Young as well as the Board of Regents were sent letters explaining the systemic and procedural failures over a year ago. Victims were told then that a third party review was being conducted, and that the policies and procedures were to be rewritten. But the growing number of women coming forward, many with very recent cases, indicates that that has not occurred.
We look forward to the day that Texas A&M begins to truly understand the scope of the issue, and respond with more than just words.