H. Leslie Steeves is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. Dr. Steeves has had two Fulbright grants for teaching and research in Africa and was in Kenya on a Fulbright when the St. Kizito crime occurred.
On the night of Saturday, July 13, 1991, a mob of male students at the St. Kizito Mixed Secondary School in Meru, Kenya, attacked their female classmates in a dormitory. Nineteen schoolgirls were killed in the melee and more than 70 were raped or gang raped. The explanations in the press for the attack included a rebellion by male students over administrative mismanagement, academic stress, cultural norms for the Meru ethnic group, and victim characteristics (as assumed in rape myths).