I read with disbelief about the serial rapes of 4 members of my beloved sorority, Delta Sigma Theta in Dallas, Texas. Then I realized truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. And this is no fiction. The women are all in their 50’s and 60’s and were attacked while alone in their homes in Dallas suburbs. Their assailant knew personal information about them, in addition to their sorority connection. The sexual assaults have occurred over a period of 11 months.
The sorority is taking all precautions with the national president, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre urging all Dallas area members to remove all sorority paraphernalia from their homes, offices, cars, key chains and refrain from wearing the items. Members were also asked to err on the side of caution and remove any mention of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
Delta Sigma Theta is a public service organization of college educated woman with chapters worldwide, founded in 1913 on Howard University’s campus with 22 founders. Today “Delta” boasts over 250,000 members worldwide. Some notable Delta Sigma Theta sorority members are civil rights icon Dorothy I. Height, Mary McLeod Bethune, Johnetta Cole, Bennet College President Julianne Malveaux, former Clinton Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, Rep. Marcia Fudge, journalists Gwen Ifill and Soledad O’Brien and entertainer Lena Horne, just to name a very few. Members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are found in all walks of life and are committed to public service.
This is not the first time that a sorority has been targeted for crime. Back in the 1970’s, serial killer Ted Bundy was known for attacking women on college campuses in Florida. However, this is believed perhaps by many to be the first serial rapist attack of this type—attacking middle aged sorority members at their homes.
For more information, please go to Dallas Morning News.