Lincoln University President Resigns After Damning Rape Comments

November 25, 2014  |  

Earlier this month, we reported about Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings and his disparaging comments to the female students on campus. 

His comments were so foul and brought so much negative attention to the university that Jennings was forced to resign.

In case you don’t remember or didn’t initially hear or see what he said, the gist of it is he told an assembly full of women not to put themselves in situations where they could be raped. He encouraged the female students not to report their rapes, if they did indeed occur because they could ruin someone else’s life. And then he went so far as to say that the three women who did report their rapes last semester were lying, that they wanted relationships with the men who raped them and when it “didn’t turn out the way they wanted,” they cried rape.

I wish this weren’t true.

His remarks were widely reported after they were recorded and posted on YouTube. And naturally, subsequently shunned. Several individuals, media outlets and even parents of current students criticized the comments as appearing to blame women for sexual assault.

Jennings attempted to apologize for his remarks, saying that he would never discourage women from reporting rape or sexual assault.

But the damage had already been done.

According to theGrio, Lincoln University accepted Jennings’ resignation Monday morning and named the school’s general counsel Valerie Harrison as acting president while they search for a permanent 14th president for the University.

Smart move.

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