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Stonewall U.

Remember the young woman who accused a Notre Dame football player of sexual assault several months ago, then committed suicide after getting threatening text messages about "messing" with the football program?

Congratulations. That puts you one up on whoever's running the show at N.D.

The girl's parents have finally broken their silence on their daughter's death and the subsequent way it's been hushed up by Notre Dame, and if their account doesn't make your blood boil, it should. The arrogance, not to say hubris, of N.D. officials is breathtaking -- up to and including refusing to provide the girls' parents information which the girl herself would be entitled to if she were still alive.

I find this utterly contemptible. Not to mention several other words not suitable for a (nominally) family Blob.

Here's the deal, people: Fairly or not, I think Notre Dame's actions in this matter -- bloodless and almost singularly cold -- have left every impression that it's far more interested in protecting the interests of its immensely lucrative football program than in protecting female students and other women who come into its orbit. And yet, as the girl's father points out, if you can't expect a school named after the Virgin Mary to protect women, who can you?

Incredibly, Notre Dame's response to this brought to mind not an institution addressing the legitimate concerns of a grieving parent, but of an adult patting a child on the head and saying, "There, there."

"No matter how thorough, careful, timely and judicious any investigative process is, we understand it may never be enough for a family that has lost a child," the university said in a statement that fairly dripped with condescension. "We have privately expressed our deepest sympathies to the Seebergs and continue to keep them in prayer. We conduct all investigations of potential student violations of the law or university policies with the utmost professionalism and in the end make determinations on what, if any, action should be taken."

My response to that?

So you say, gentlemen. So you say.

Ben Smith's blog.

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