FORMER AMHERST STUDENT 11/29/2019 11:54:33 PM This is hard for me to talk about, but I think it's important that I say something.
I knew Owen Muir when we were both students at Amherst College. He raped me. I was around 17 at the time and drunk, and he was an upperclassman and a new friend; I'd told him about how I had been sexually abused as a child, and I thought he was so caring and understanding. We were talking and lying on my bed in my dorm when he started removing my clothes. It was so sudden that, at first, I actually thought he was undressing me so I could go to sleep; by the time I figured out what he was doing, I was frozen and couldn't move. I trusted him and he attacked me.
It had a deeply devastating effect on my life and on my college career. Since then, I have been told about other victims of his as well. I have often considered reporting what he did to me, but I can't prove what happened (campus rape is rarely prosecuted), and Owen is so litigious and vindictive that I'm terrified of going up against him. I don't want him to come after me.
I was very concerned even in college that he studied psychology and intended to become a doctor. I have worried for years that young women and girls are not safe with him. When I read about what happened to Mona, I was disturbed and appalled, and my fears were confirmed. I hope you are able to hold him accountable at long last. He is dangerous and I want him to stop hurting vulnerable people.
Mona Daniella was a sensitive, gentle, kind, and caring person. She epitomized "Chessed", Loving-Kindness. She fought extremely hard. In a 2014 email I wrote to her that she was the bravest, the brightest, the most determined and the most resilient. Indeed she was. And much more.