LhasaLhamo wrote:"Data"? Do you really think there's data on something so secret, where people have been threatened into silence? Were there data on the problem in the Catholic Church, before finally someone filed charges, and others began to step forward?
June Campbell wrote a book about how Kalu Rinpoche bullied her into being his "consort", and threatened her to keep quiet, there's some data. Are we limiting this to monks or are we including lamas in general? A monk raped a woman in Boston years ago, it was in the Boston Globe, look it up. It's important to encourage women who have been harmed by their teacher to go public and file criminal charges when possible, but going public can earn women (or male victims of teacher abuse) a lawsuit for libel. And the police can't do anything unless force was involved. Please read the thread, before posting questions that have already been addressed.
It's just as important to not make sweeping allegations that "most Tibetan teachers force students into sex."
Standing up for logic and sanity does not equate to "promoting abuse." Unfounded allegations and outright exaggerations, in fact, pose a very real threat to women who need to come forward with genuine stories. "A monk raped a woman years ago?" Thousands of football players, math teachers, policemen, abuse counselors, airline pilots, plumbers and people of countless other vocations raped 90,000 women in 2008. Vocation really isn't the issue here.
I totally agree with you--it is important to encourage women who have been harmed by their teacher to go public. It is also important to stand against this bizarre effort to categorize Tibetan teachers as rapists.