Justice Leonen backs safe spaces campaign for students
MANILA, Philippines – Justice Marvic Leonen joined the resounding call for Miriam College to "do better" in providing safe spaces for its students on Sunday morning, June 28.
"I am a father of a Miriam student. I affirm and stand with her as they courageously narrate their stories and demand the safe spaces they deserve," Leonen said in a tweet.
He added: "I expect that their courage will be honored with the mature response that they deserve." (READ: #MCHSdobetter: Groups condemn sexual misconduct of teachers, call for justice)
I am a father of a Miriam student. I affirm and stand with her as they courageously narrate their stories and demand the safe spaces they deserve. I expect that their courage will be honored with the mature response that they deserve. #MiriamFathersForTheirDaughters #MCDOBETTER— Help others. Humanity will endure. (@marvicleonen) June 28, 2020
What's with MC? For the past few days, students and alumnae of the all-girls school have been taking their grievances on social media, baring stories of sexual harassment and emotional manipulation perpetrated by the school's own teachers.
They also revealed that the school's administration has done little to nothing in responding to the concerns, including the allegation that the school expelled victims of online sexual harassment instead of going after their perpetrators.
Students and alumnae trended #MCHSdobetter and #MCDOBETTER on Twitter last week to share their personal accounts and calls for change, marking another call for reckoning in an established educational institution. (READ: #SanaAllSchools: Students seek safe spaces vs sexual harassment on campus)
What is MC doing? Miriam College has formed a committee to investigate the harassment stories and vowed to follow the calls for it to do better in exacting accountablity.
It said it will begin accepting written reports of incidents on Monday, June 29 at email@example.com.
"We encourage all aggrieved to speak out and voice their concerns to the Committee. Rest assured that all parties involved will be afforded due process through an impartial and objective proceeding," it said in a statement on Friday, June 26. – Rappler.com