(PIX11) — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten revealed Monday that while in college, she was nearly raped after a date with a “nice Jewish guy” from a temple she was attending in Ohio.
In a post she wrote for Jezebel, Weingarten, a native New Yorker and former president of the United Federation of Teachers, the city’s teachers union, said she regrets not reporting the assault:
It was just after my junior year in college. I had an internship in labor relations at an automobile plant in Warren, Ohio. A New Yorker from birth, I was out of my element. I tried to find community to anchor my summer in Warren. I did what was familiar: I went to shul. One family invited me over for Shabbat dinner. Dutifully and hopefully, I went. They also invited a young man. He was nice enough. So, when this “nice Jewish guy” invited me for dinner, I said, “Sure.”
A few days later, I went to his apartment. And that’s where it happened. He tried to rape me. I managed to get out after a struggle, but the emotional scarring was deep.
Weingarten wrote that she decided to share her story after Rolling Stone magazine issued an apology to readers after publishing an explosive piece in which a woman described a gang rape in a University of Virginia fraternity house. She’s worried that the controversial article and retraction would make women afraid of reporting sexual assaults, and said as part of her role with the AFT, she can help make changes on college campuses.
Read the rest of Weingarten’s essay here.