President Barack Obama’s daughters are attending a private school rocked by rape claims. According to the Washington Post, D.C. police are investigating a report made by a female student at Upper School of Sidwell Friends school who she was raped on Monday by a male student on campus.
The female student alleged to police that she was forced into having sex without consent. It’s unknown where on campus the crime happened, but what’s known is that the victim is in her “upper teens” and she had a prior sexual relationship with the alleged attacker.
No arrests were made as of Thursday evening.
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Sidwell Friends is located just mere miles from the White House. The New York Post reports that it’s a few blocks north of the National Cathedral in upper northwest Washington. Annual tuition at the elite private school is $37,750.
Ellis Turner, the associate head of school, said in a statement that “it is the longstanding policy of Sidwell Friends School to cooperate fully with any law enforcement investigation. It is also our policy not to comment on such investigations.”
The investigation into the rape allegations that took place at the Obama daughters’ private school is still in progress.
Obama’s daughters, 17-year-old Malia and 14-year-old Sasha, enrolled at Sidwell Friends when the family moved to Washington for Obama’s inauguration in 2009. When Obama leaves office in January 2017, his family will continue living in Washington until Sasha graduates. Chelsea Clinton and Tricia Nixon also graduated from Sidwell Friends.
Thomas Sidwell founded the school in 1883. The report states that the school “emphasizes the Quaker belief in the ‘inner light’ of every person, and it encourages service to others and work on behalf of peace.”
President Obama gave an interview to Time in which he discussed his daughters and society’s standards that have been set regarding beauty. Hello wrote in its piece that Obama said his daughters are like all of the other young women out there who feel pressure to look a certain way.
“I mean when you’re a dad of two daughters you notice more. When I was a kid I didn’t realize as much, or maybe it was even a part of which is the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way.
“And being cute in a certain way. And are you wearing the right clothes? And is your hair done the right way. And that pressure I think is historically always been harder on African American women than just about any other women. But it’s part and parcel of a broader way in which we socialize and press women to constantly doubt themselves or define themselves in terms of a certain appearance.”
The president explained that he and Michelle Obama are “always guarding against that. And the fact that they’ve got a tall gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think is helpful.”
Obama said that fortunately, the definition of beauty standards is broadening. He used Beyonce as an example of diversifying beauty among women. He said when he was younger, there was a very narrow view of what was considered beautiful.
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Sasha and Malia Obama are very attractive women in their own right. Last week, they attended their first White House state dinner that their father hosted in honor of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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