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Naomi Wolf fans flames of Yale University investigation

6th April 2011

Feminist author Naomi Wolf has accused Yale University officials of ignoring sexual harassment claims brought by students as the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (DEOCR) launches a far-reaching investigation.

Wolf has claimed that the complaints procedure in place at the institution is used to 'stonewall victims' and claims the university has failed in its duty to protect students.

Some 16 individuals have filed official complaints with the DEOCR, describing Yale as a 'hostile sexual environment'.

Speaking to presenters of The Early Show, which is broadcast in the US by the CBS network, Wolf said: 'Yale has been systematically covering up much more serious crimes than the ones that can be easily identified.

'What they do is that they use the sexual harassment grievance procedure in a very cynical way, purporting to be supporting victims, but actually using a process to stonewall victims, to isolate them, and to protect the university.'

The author of The Beauty Myth concluded that the board that deals with sexual harassment claims is 'a farce'.

The formal complaints were lodged by students and alumni early last month following a spate of inappropriate incidents targeted mostly at female freshmen.

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