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Lincoln University President, Dr. Robert R. Jennings,Ed.D.

Comments made during a Sept. 16 women’s-only student convocation assembly at Lincoln University have landed the school’s president, Robert R. Jennings in hot water. Jennings’ comments have resulted in him being accused of discouraging the university’s female students from reporting sexual assaults, and suggesting that their dress, behavior and deportment were to blame for the way male students treated them.

In a YouTube video of the speech, Jennings tells the audience, “We will use you up, if you allow us to use you up.  Well, guess what? When it comes time for us to make that final decision, we’re going to go down the hall and marry that girl with the long dress on. That’s the one we’re going to take home to mama because there’s something about the way you carry yourself and respect yourself that commands and demands respect from us.”

It was on the heels of these statements that Jennings immediately announced three cases of false rape allegations that he attributed to girls fabricating incidents of rape when relationships did not work out in their favor.

Citing new legislation that enforced expulsion and incarceration for sex offenders on college campuses, Jennings advised the students not to put themselves in situations that would cause them to have to explain their own behavior and would ruin the lives of the males.

“Because they’re going to have a record and that record is then going to follow them the rest of their lives.  They’re going to be expelled from the university.  It’s going to be very difficult for them to get into anybody else’s university… Why am I saying all this ladies?  I’m saying this because first and foremost, don’t put yourself in a situation that would cause you to be trying to explain something that really needs no explanation had you not put yourself in that situation.”

Following outrage from students, parents, and the general public, that called the president’s posture antiquated, sexist, and lacking compassion for rape victims, Jennings offered a written statement explaining his position.

“The University is a center of learning and I assure you that I have learned from this process. I will choose my words more carefully. But make no mistake, my commitment to your education and safety is stronger than ever,” Jennings wrote.