Author Amos Guiora '79 discusses enablers, abuse


GAMBIER, Ohio — What role do institutions and individuals play in stopping sexual abuse? Amos Guiora, professor of law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, will share his insight in a virtual conversation hosted by Kenyon College on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. 

Guiora will discuss his newest book, Armies of Enablers, which focuses on cases of sexual assault from USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University and the Catholic Church. In the book, Guiora examines how institutions and individuals allowed the abuse to happen, and he proposes legal, cultural and social measures aimed at the enabler to help ensure that what happened does not occur again. The proposed changes address both broader society and specific communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry and elected officials. After his remarks, Guiora will participate in a moderated Q&A about his book.

Guiora, a 1979 Kenyon graduate, is actively involved in bystander legislation efforts in Utah and other states nationwide. He has published extensively on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, limits of power, and religion, among other subjects. Guiora earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate from Leiden University, and he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

This online event is free and open to the public. Register here, or visit for more information. For questions, contact Kenyon’s Office for Civil Rights at 740-427-5820.

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