Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults

Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults

by Amos N. Guiora
Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults

Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults

by Amos N. Guiora

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Overview

What do sexual assault survivors expect of the enabler-bystander? In this powerful book, Amos N. Guiora shares the stories of survivors to expose how individual and institutional enablers allow predators to perpetrate their crimes through silence and other failures to act. He then proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective.

Based on thousands of pages of grand jury indictments, civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, special reports, media accounts, and personal interviews with numerous survivors and their attorneys, Amos N. Guiora poses this critical question:

What do sexual assault survivors expect of the enabler-bystander?

Focusing on cases of sexual assault from USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University, and the Catholic Church, interview after interview sheds compelling light on two powerful responses: that this question had not been previously asked and that survivor expectation of protection and support from the enabler-bystander was rarely, if ever, met.

Clearly the perpetrator benefitted from the complicity of the enabler. From the survivor's perspective, both bear responsibility for their plight and must be held accountable. This book emphasizes individual and institutional enablers alike; in fact, armies of enablers.

With emotions ranging from deep disappointment to seething anger and extreme frustration, all articulate profound abandonment by the person in a position to assist them in the face of sexual assaults.

Guiora proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective. The proposed changes will address, and impact, both broader society and specific communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry, and elected officials.

With this book, Guiora is committed to sharing survivor stories and to propel change, which is essential to protect future survivors. Only by hearing their stories, do we fully understand the power of the enabler and the pain they cause the survivor. Their voices must propel us to change.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641057349
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 09/25/2020
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 185,773
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Destruction of Trust xvii

1 Holocaust Bystander to Contemporary Enabler 1

2 From Impunity to Accountability 19

3 Enough 27

4 Survivor Expectation 33

5 Where the Hell Are the Adults? 53

6 Complicity 65

7 The Bystander Duty to Act 97

8 Criminalize the Enabler 135

9 Sexual Assault and Enabling at Universities: Title IX 177

10 The Challenges Ahead 221

Epilogue 227

Violated by Water: A Statement on Consent Brooke Martin 231

Index 233

A bout the Author 239

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