University of Iowa President Sally Mason is sharing her own story of abuse after facing criticism for her comments about sexual assault on campus.
Last week, Mason told the university paper, “I’m not pleased that we have sexual assaults, obviously. The goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate.”
Mason apologized to those who were offended by her comments. On Thursday, she faced them directly holding a “listening session” with more than 200 people in attendance.
Mason listened to the concerns of students and their complaints about how sexual assaults are handled by university officials on campus.
Mason also shared her own personal story saying she was sexually assaulted while in college in Kentucky.
“When I was an undergraduate student in Lexington, Kentucky I was walking down the street one afternoon going to class minding my own business and an individual in a trench coat came up to me, grabbed hold of me, grabbed my breast and I was fortunate that I was able to pull away from him and get away from him but it certainly left me shaken,” Mason said. “The truly sad thing was in 1970 I had no clue what to do.”
Mason is meeting with the Board of Regents on Friday via phone to discuss the comments she made to the newspaper. The board will then have a closed discussion.