President Engstrom: Call For a Retraction If the Media is Wrong

by jhwygirl

University of Montana President Engstrom attended a forum this afternoon on the recent assaults at the university and continued to defend his actions, stating that the university “did everything right.”

You can read a re-hashing (along with links) of his malfeasance here.

This guy has had a couple of nights to sleep on it, and yet he’s still out there defending his actions, which led to the assailant’s escape back to his home country.

Unreal. Has he talked to the victim’s parents? What do they have to say about Engstrom’s self-perceived success?

Extremely annoying to me is that he’s continuing to whine about the media – like he did on Friday – regarding their 7-day lag time to notify the students of the assault. And to be clear here, there are many legitimate criticisms regarding whether they went far enough notifying students.

In tonight’s Montana Kaimin article, Engstrom more specifically defends this position by stating that the first assault wasn’t reported as a sexual assault (though the victim has stated to the paper that “the man grabbed her and forced her to kiss him after she was made to drink something which made her sick and caused her to have trouble moving.”) That he didn’t find out about the second assault until the 17th – that one being reported as rape.

Now, let’s state a few seemingly obvious things:
Assault is assault. Apparently Engstrom didn’t find anything too distressing about a woman reporting that someone held her against her will and poured alcohol down her throat, after which she threw up.

Second: Rohypnol anyone? Does that first “assault” not reek of rohypnol? Please.

Third: UMontana had the assailants name from date of the incident, albeit about 12 hours later, on February 10th. They had the assailants name.

Forth: Again, assault is assault. This is where, I think, Engstrom is trying to split hairs, justifying his 7-day delay in doing anything at all (except facilitate the rapist’s escape.) It doesn’t fly for me…

Which is where I come back to the headline: Engstrom? If the “media” has it wrong – if the Missoulian has it wrong, if the Kaimin has it wrong – call for a retraction. Because your lame excuses aren’t working.

Not only that – he’s gotten caught in his web of lies with his timeline during today’s press conference, someone having pointed out to him that President’s day was on the 20th, not the 13th (which is part of his excuse – that 3-day weekend – to the delay in getting news out of the assaults.)

His reply? That he’s going to have to “reexamine the timeline.”

Boy – you’d think he’d of had his story straight by now.

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Wednesday brings another press conference, this one jointly held, at Missoula City Hall, with President Engstrom, ASUM President Gursky and Missoula Mayor John Engen. It begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall and will speak to issues regarding campus and city responsibilities in sexual assault cases.

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  1. at this point engstrom is just a talking head. that is why he appears so unsure of himself on camera. the university’s lawyers are running the show now. they are telling him to deny, obfuscate, wait it out. the problem with that tactic is that with the behavior this saudi student exhibited, i am sure there are many, possibly dozens of women who will come forward eventually. i would be curious as to how long he has lived in missoula. rapist behavior like his is not an occasional thing but habitual.

    the lawyers know that the civil liability exposure to the university is enormous. they are forting up and telling engstrom to admit no fault.

  2. meanwhile,…. the lack of action by engstrom exposes UM women to more danger from potential rapists emboldened by his weak hand wringing response.

  3. Buzz Feedback

    All I gather from this series of articles is that the Dean of Students spent more time dealing with the alleged assailant than he did with the alleged victims. Seems like it should be the other way around.

  4. ladybug

    Structure and culture determines…..

    TENURE STATUS FOR INSTRUCTORS & RESEARCHERS AT THE THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA BY GENDER

    TENURED
    MEN 67%
    WOMEN 33%

    ON TENURE TRACK
    MEN 57%
    WOMEN 43%

    NOT ON TENURE TRACK
    MEN 51%
    WOMEN 49%




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