As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to rock the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, a graduate of the the fine arts institution says she too was sexually harassed by the male lecturer at the epicentre of the misconduct claims.
The Edna Manley College alumna says she didn’t file an official complaint during her tenure at the tertiary institution out of fear of being labelled.
She says she encountered the male lecturer on several occasions during her four years at the Arthur Wint Drive-based college but detailed two instances in which she says he made her very uncomfortable and fearful.
To protect her identity, she will be referred to as Sharon Patterson.
Neika Lewis reports.
According to Miss Patterson she first encountered the accused male lecturer in the first of her four years at the Edna Manley College. She was 17-years-old at the time.
Miss Patterson, who graduated from the Edna Manley College two years ago, says the male lecturer appeared friendly and helpful and offered assistance to groups of students outside of class hours.
The former Edna Manley College student says she left the office but noticed a drastic change in his usually friendly demeanor after the incident.
She says sudden and inexplicable changes in her grades in the course taught by the lecturer, who’s now facing four formal complaints from students, led her to query the poor grades.
In her final year, she says she was again enrolled in a course taught by the lecturer but had to drop it just weeks into semester after attempts to get help as a group ended in another alleged incident with the lecturer.
She says as the group left his office he reportedly trailed her to the lecture room.
She says there were several other minor incidents where he allegedly made what she described as inappropriate comments and even allegedly rubbed her shoulder.
However, Miss Patterson says she told no one expect a female lecturer who advised her to avoid him.The Edna Manley College graduate says she feared filing an official report and being labelled.
Ms Patterson says she never told her mother of the encounter until after the story broke recently and her mother found her crying on the bathroom floor.