Apr 20, 2016 07:16 AM EDT
Exclusive Harvard Club President Resigns Over Sexual Assault Comments, Controversy [VIDEO]
President Charles Storey of Harvard's exclusive Porcellian Club resigned from his position for making inappropriate campus sexual assault comments. Storey apologized for saying that admitting women in the club could "increase potential for sexual misconduct."
According to New York Daily News, the all-male exclusive Porcellian Club will continue to not let females join the club due to tradition upheld allegedly by Theodore Roosevelt and the Winklevoss twins. Additionally, admitting women in will reportedly make them susceptible to sexual assault.
Harvard's Porcellian Club spoke out after Harvard's Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention released a report on the Harvard Crimson about the school's male-exclusive clubs. The task force called out the Ivy League's "final clubs" for their apparent sexist discrimination. The report also revealed that 47 percent of female college seniors who attend male final clubs' parties experience sexual contact without consent since they were university freshmen. To address sexual assault issues, the report recommends Harvard to ban gender exclusive memberships.
— The Harvard Crimson (@thecrimson) April 17, 2016
In Harvard's school paper, Charles Storey released a statement questioning the university's administration on why male-exclusive clubs like the Porcellian Club needs to accept female members. "Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct," Storey wrote in an email to The Crimson. He adds that The Porcellian Club is being used as a "scapegoat" for the sexual assault issues in the campus.
However, Charles Storey has apologized and resigned his post as the president of the Porcellian Club. He is also the president of Harpoon Brewery in Boston. In the beer company's website, he posted his apology for the sexual assault comments. He wrote that he is taking responsibility for the comments he made and he is disappointed with himself. Storey announced in the "Letter to Employee Owners" his resignation and that he is a man who takes who takes sexual assault issues seriously.
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