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Survivors receive messages of support

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By Aimee Chiavaroli

A message of support from "Father Jim" (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

A message of support from “Father Jim” (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

The clock tower by the library held a simple message written in chalk.

“Please sign your name to show support for our Stonehill survivors.”

This was written in response to the most recent report of a sexual assault on campus. A female student reported to Campus Police Sunday at 2 a.m. that she was sexually assaulted on a pathway by the MacPhaidin Library.

Around the clock, the messages grew.

“No more not my problem, no more bystanding.”

There was a pink sign tied to a brick pole. In purple bubble letters it read, “Support our Stonehill survivors” with a heart over the ‘I’ in survivors.

Toward the library, names of students, faculty, and administrators, written big and small, covered the bricks.

Father Jim, “Martin in media,” Wendy Peek, Coach Talley, and Coach Gardner were just a handful of names seen.

“I think it’s incredibly striking, and it’s striking that it came together so soon,” Evan Wolstencroft ’16 said.

He hopes the names written will continue to grow in numbers across the pathways.

An invitation to support victims of sexual assault (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

An invitation to support victims of sexual assault (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

“I love it. I think it’s great,” Emily Depaoli ’18 said. “I love the way they did it and that it’s in your face. It makes sure that everybody knows.”

Many students took to social media, posting pictures of the chalk along with supporting messages and captions. There was a lot of positive feedback. Although simple and effortless, people were glad to be a part of it, and liked what they saw.

“This is amazing. This is what should be shown about our school in the news,” Lexi Kirwin ’15 said.

A message of support written near the clock tower (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

A message of support written near the clock tower (Photo Credit: Aimee Chiavaroli)

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