Professor: Fatal school stabbing fits a familiar pattern of men’s violence against women

Maren Sanchez, a 16-year-old Jonathan Law High School student, was fatally stabbed at her Milford, Conn. school on Friday morning by a fellow student. Recent reports suggest the incident could have been motivated by a junior prom rejection.


Professor Lauren Sardi

Lauren Sardi, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment.

“The tragic death of the young woman from Jonathan Law High School unfortunately fits an all too familiar pattern of men’s violence against women, which is a particular form of violence that often not only goes unchecked in our society, but is also routinely encouraged,” said Sardi.

“As part of our culture that regularly teaches and rewards boys and men to act aggressively toward others, it is also a culture that explicitly reminds us that women are often considered less than human and so are likely to be victims of violence at the hands of males. It is perhaps more important that we as a society teach males not to inflict violence on others, rather than simply teaching females how not to become the victims of violence.”

To speak to Sardi, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).


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