Life goes on after sexual misconduct (or does it?)
This is the story of Clara, a fictional character, re-encountering a stalker at an academic institution, told by a third-person narrator. Clara was not provided any sense of closure after reporting circumstances of sexual misconduct to the school leading to a lack of sense of self. In other words, I am using my interest in creative writing to illustrate a type of trauma hindering the development and progress of a student. The academic culture needs to change such that students are treated as human beings, their needs are heard, and that policies can be implemented with a transparent due-process where perpetrators encounter tangible consequences for their behavior. A safe workplace is crucial for the professional development and retention of trainees.