The New York Times published a letter to the editor that Hillary Haldane, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, wrote in response to the op-ed, “The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India,” and the Dec. 29 editorial, “Rape in the World’s Largest Democracy.”
In her letter, Haldane, co-editor of “Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence,” said the op-ed and editorial missed a key point.
“While both are correct to note that India has terribly high rates of sexual assault and other forms of violence against women, they do not mention the fact that violence is a global epidemic, not solely a byproduct of Indian culture.
“Our similarly high rates of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence in American culture seem to be accepted by a collective shrug and a ‘blame the victim’ mentality. We could learn from the Indian response to the recent horrific death of a young medical student: collective action and demands for change.
“American and Indian women deserve better.”
If you’re interested in interviewing Haldane, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac University, 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).