Andrea Pino

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Andrea Pino
Andrea Lynn Pino

(1992-02-15) 15 February 1992 (age 28)
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
TitleCivil rights activist

Andrea Lynn Pino (born February 15, 1992) is an American women's rights and civil rights activist, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.[1] Pino is director of policy and support and co-founder of End Rape on Campus, an advocacy group for survivors of campus sexual assault.[2]

As a student, Pino was one of the primary writers[3] and one of five complainants in the 2013 Title IX and Clery Act complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[4] Along with Annie E. Clark, she became a national leader in filing this sort of complaint, advising sexual assault victims at universities across the United States.[5] Pino is a primary subject in the 2015 documentary film The Hunting Ground, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering.[6] Pino has since been dogged by claims from fellow activists in the field and journalists[7] that there is little truth behind the stories she told to gain her national reputation, some going as far as to call it an elaborate “web of lies.”[8]

Early life[edit]

Pino was raised in Miami, Florida, United States, in a family of Cuban descent. She attended International Studies Charter High School.

University of North Carolina[edit]

Pino attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; she was the first in her family to go to college.[9]

She has stated that she was raped twice while in college. The first incident occurred several weeks into her freshman year, when she was in a fraternity member's room and he gave her a drugged drink. According to her, she fell unconscious, and only woke up the next morning, in her own dorm room, with scratches and bruises, with a note attached to her that said "We found you by the road". She did not report the incident.[10]

Her second rape occurred, she says, in March 2012, during her sophomore year, when an unknown male student whom she had just met brought her into a bathroom and forcibly raped her; she emerged, bloodied, and ran back to her room, dripping blood the whole way; she went to sleep, and woke up in a pool of her own blood.[10]

After telling administrators that she was raped, Pino claimed that she had been unsupported by the university administration and policies that purported to protect her and other students reporting sexual violence. She alleged that an administrator told her that her problem was that she was "just lazy."[10]

The veracity of Pino's accounts of her rapes has been questioned by journalist Cathy Young, as well as by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor in their 2017 book The Campus Rape Frenzy.[11] Young also wrote that, after the first time she questioned Pino's story in print, she was contacted by another female anti-rape activist, who did not want to be named, who told Young that she and some other activists were "frustrated" by what she called Pino's "web of lies".[11]


According to Pino, her activism was driven by her experiences with sexual assault and harassment at the University of North Carolina.

According to Pino, when she began to communicate to the UNC administration her desire to receive support for her assault and for the assaults of students who approached her for help, UNC administration denied that their policies were in non-compliance. In response, Pino approached UNC alumna Annie E. Clark, who also had reported being mistreated. The two began to research Title IX, a federal legislation which grants students the right to an education without sex discrimination, as well as the Clery Act, which grants protections for sexual assault victims on college campuses.[4] Their research yielded a strategy originally proposed by feminist scholar Catharine MacKinnon in the 1970s. She argued for using the threat of withdrawing federal funding as a means to force universities to effect changes in sexual assault policies.[12]

In January 2013, Pino and Clark, together with several other UNC students and one former administrator, filed a 34-page complaint against the university with the United States Department of Education's OCR.[13] After the women filed the complaint, the OCR and the Clery Compliance Division both launched investigations into how the university was handling sexual assault and crime on campus.[14]

Following the media coverage of the UNC complaint, Pino and Clark connected with sexual assault survivors from institutions across the country and began assisting them in filing Title IX and Clery Act complaints against their institutions. As a result, students have successfully filed complaints against Swarthmore College, Occidental College, the University of California, Berkeley, Dartmouth College, The University of Southern California, and Columbia University, among others.[15]

Clark and Pino's activism are the subject of a controversial 2015 documentary film, The Hunting Ground.[16]

End Rape on Campus[edit]

In 2013, Pino and Clark co-founded End Rape on Campus (EROC), a group working to end sexual violence on campuses around the country.[5] EROC helps people who have been sexually assaulted with direct resources, with pro bono therapists and attorneys, and it provides assistance with filing complaints.[17]


  1. ^ "Andrea Pino". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  2. ^ "Student-led activists movement fights to end rape on campus -". CNN. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  3. ^ Vivian Kuo and Michael Pearson (March 8, 2013). "U.S. to investigate UNC's handling of sex assault reports". CNN.
  4. ^ a b Andrea Pino (2013-01-19). "Why Filing an Office for Civil Rights Complaint Against UNC Is Bigger Than Me". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Rebecca (October 9, 2014). "Campus Sexual Assault: Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino Are Fighting Back—And Shaping the National Debate". Vogue.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (13 March 2015). "'The Hunting Ground' and the Challenge of Campus Rape". Washington Post.
  7. ^ "This UNC Rape Victim Became a Title IX Activist Leader. But Does Her Own Story Hold Up?". Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  8. ^ Editor •July 3, Greg Piper-Associate; 2018 (2018-07-03). "Co-founder of campus anti-rape group spun a 'web of lies,' says woman who knows her". The College Fix. Retrieved 2019-11-11.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Brown, Julie K. (March 6, 2013). "College student from Miami fights for fair treatment of rape victims". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  10. ^ a b c Pino, Andrea. "Rape, Betrayal, and Reclaiming Title IX". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  11. ^ a b Young, Cathy. "This UNC Rape Victim Became a Title IX Activist Leader. But Does Her Own Story Hold Up?". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  12. ^ Johnson, Rebecca. "Campus Sexual Assault: Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino are Fighting Back -- and Shaping the National Debate". Vogue. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ Richard Pérez-Peña (2013-03-07). "Students Initiate Inquiry Into Harassment Reports". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  14. ^ "U.S. Department of Education to investigate UNC's handling of sexual assault cases | The Carolina Mercury". Archived from the original on 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
  15. ^ Stancill, Jane (June 1, 2013). "UNC-CH women wage national campaign against sexual assault". News and Observer. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  16. ^ Barnes, Brook. "An Unblinking Look at Sexual Assaults on Campus". New York Times (25 January 2015). Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  17. ^ Glock, Allison. "Fighting Rape on Campus: Talking with Two Heroes from 'The Hunting Ground'". ESPN W. Retrieved 5 November 2015.


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