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Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, (photo) from the Dominican Republic, said the intimidation only started a few months after her arrival to obtain her doctorate at the University Center for Gender and Violence Research

The 29-year-old PhD student from the University of Bristol says that bullying a transgender activist has made her feel unsafe on campus and can cost her a visa

  • Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, 29, said the abuse soon began after her promotion
  • Rosario-Sanchez filed a formal complaint against the transgender activist
  • The abuse escalated from there and she had thrown eggs and milkshakes at her
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Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, (photo) from the Dominican Republic, said the intimidation only started a few months after her arrival to obtain her doctorate at the University Center for Gender and Violence Research

Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, (photo) from the Dominican Republic, said the intimidation only started a few months after her arrival to obtain her doctorate at the University Center for Gender and Violence Research

A PhD student from the University of Bristol has claimed that bullying a transgender activist has made her feel unsafe on campus and may even cost her a visa.

The abuse started just two months after Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, started her doctorate at the University of Bristol after she agreed to chair a meeting of the Woman's Place UK group.

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The 29-year-old filed a complaint with the university against the transgender student and formal disciplinary proceedings were started.

The bullying escalated from there, because she had thrown eggs and milkshakes at her, was called & # 39; horrible scum & # 39; and had organized a series of protests against her.

She said The Sunday Times: & # 39; I no longer feel safe on campus. Most people who are victims of abuse by transactivists are silent, because if you file a complaint, you undergo the threat campaign I have experienced. & # 39;

Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, is studying for her PhD at the Center for Gender and Violence Research at Bristol University

Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, is studying for her PhD at the Center for Gender and Violence Research at Bristol University

Raquel Rosario-Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, is studying for her PhD at the Center for Gender and Violence Research at Bristol University

It took the university a year to investigate the allegations, but no disciplinary action was taken.

Rosario-Sanchez said the harassment has made her lag behind in her promotion and she has missed her progress overview, so she can no longer receive funding from the Dominican Republic.

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She is now faced with losing her visa or taking out a large loan to finance the rest of her studies.

The University of Bristol said: & We believe that every effort has been made to support Mrs Rosario-Sanchez.

& # 39; Matters relating to individual disciplinary cases are confidential, therefore we cannot comment further. & # 39;

It is in the midst of unrest from academics who fear that freedom of expression may be stopped by students who claim they are transphobic.

Rosario-Sanchez PhD candidate, Dr. Emma Williamson, head of the University Center for Gender and Violence Research: As employees, we cannot advise students to be confident in the university's complaints procedures if they do not handle complaints in time. , safe, transparent and honest way.

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& # 39; I don't know what I can say in the future to a student who complains about being bullied and who is afraid of their safety. & # 39;

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