"However, I know these are serious accusations, and I know they are untrue." Over the past two days, I’ve spoken with a dozen women in comedy.
When asked about the initial rape allegation, UCB press spokesperson Raina Falcon responded with a written statement: “The UCB is not formally commenting on this matter, but I will say that UCB has always had an open-door policy and encourages anyone with a complaint or concern regarding sexual harassment to report it immediately to any of our Directors of Student Affairs, who are trained professionals.
The comic describes the disbelieving reactions of her male friends to the assault allegations as “triggering,” and says it makes her feel hopeless.
Some highlight the reactions of men who have posted messages of support on social media, who have encouraged other men to listen, and who have shared their own experiences with sexual assault.
Many of the women I spoke with write for the comedy website Reductress, which turned the painful realities into a series of articles satirizing rape culture, with titles like “I Anonymously Reported My Rape for the Anonymous Attention.” “Being able to pitch those ideas and seeing all of these amazing funny women writing these things and using their comedic skills to subvert these assholes and this culture was so invigorating,” Fry Pasic says.