Wednesday, November 15, 2006

AA member seeking amends admits to sexual assualt

Many of us think that, like Las Vegas, "what happens in college stays in college." That is not always the case.
...William Beebe's apology for sexually assaulting a fellow college student in 1984 landed him on the path to prison and launched an investigation that could lead to additional arrests.

Beebe apologized last year to his victim as part of the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual battery for his actions during a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the University of Virginia.
"Twenty-two years ago I harmed another person, and I have tried to set that right," the real estate agent said outside court.
The ninth step of AA's twelve step program of recovery calls for making amends to people who have been harmed by the alcoholic's drinking behavior. That also means taking responsibility for those actions.

There is another side to the story, however, that reflect on attitudes on campus then and to some extent still...
[The victim] said she was given a drink at the party that made her feel strange. She said she vividly recalls being assaulted by Beebe and passing out that night. She reported the assault to university officials but said a dean and the campus police treated her dismissively, and the case was never prosecuted. After a few years, she said, she gave up.
Has the response of college administrations to such allegations changed in 20 years? Lets hope so.

AA member seeking amends admits to sexual assualt | - Houston Chronicle