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Times: Minister demands action at Oxford college that silenced rape accuser

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

The front building of Lady Margaret Hall, edited to be coloured in blue
Lady Margaret Hall has announced an overhaul of the way that it handles sexual misconduct allegations DAVID HARTLEY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

A minister has demanded action from an Oxford college over its “morally bankrupt” decision to silence a young woman who made a rape allegation.
Michelle Donelan, minister of state for higher education, said that Oxford University and Lady Margaret Hall should be ashamed. She said that she would contact the vice-chancellor of the university and the principal of Lady Margaret Hall and that she expected “immediate action”.

Author: Sean O’Neill

Published: Friday April 01 2022, 3.20pm

Newspaper: The Times



Title: Lady Margaret Hall imposed a ‘blanket gagging clause’ when Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian, was principal

Subtitle: An Oxford college silenced a female undergraduate after she complained of being violently raped by another student in her university room.


Lady Margaret Hall, formerly a women-only college, warned the young woman in writing not to reveal anything about the alleged attack or its safeguarding arrangements on social networks or to the media.


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