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Tulane guest lecturer arrested, booked for rape of student

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Rafael Schincariol, a guest lecturer at Tulane, was arrested Thursday and booked on one count of third-degree rape of a Tulane graduate student.

Schincariol gave a lecture titled “Mobilizations of Youth, Artists and Collectives in Brazil” on Feb. 9 in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall. According to Claudia Bruce, a New Orleans Police Department sex crimes detective, Schincariol took the alleged victim and two other women out for drinks following the lecture.

Schincariol and the three women went to three bars on and near Frenchmen Street before Schincariol drove the others home while the woman lay in the back seat of the car.

The woman reported that her memory was hazy and that she remembered texting her live-in boyfriend that Schincariol was driving her home. The next thing she reported remembering was lying on the living room floor of her home and being penetrated by Schincariol and then her boyfriend screaming at her.

According to Bruce, the woman’s boyfriend came home at 6 a.m. to find his girlfriend “very dazed and intoxicated” while having sex with Schincariol.

The woman reported the incident to NOPD and underwent a rape examination. Police later listed the time of the alleged rape at 3 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 10.

Schincariol’s bail was set at $25,000, and a judge granted his lawyer’s request to allow him to leave the state.


2 Responses to “Tulane guest lecturer arrested, booked for rape of student”

  1. Honestly Speaking on April 5th, 2017 1:19 am

    This is what happened:

    1. Student is enamored with visiting lecturer.
    2. Both get drunk.
    3. Arrive at student’s apartment for consensual sex.
    4. Student forgets the time (still 1/2 drunk), and the fact she has a boyfriend. Continues having sex.
    5. Student’s boyfriend arrives, starts yelling.
    6. Student doesn’t want to lose boyfriend, thinks can only get out of situation by yelling “rape!”.
    7. Lecturer sent to jail.


    Concerned Student Reply:

    Honestly Speaking? You’re making claims without having witnessed anything and missing important facts about the article, or simply unaware of the definition of consent.

    1. Schincariol drove the women home, indicating that he was not intoxicated. The women is described as being dazed, confused, and laying down in car and was clearly intoxicated. A person who is drunk CANNOT consent. Her boyfriend would probably be able to tell if his girlfriend was drunk or just “lying” to save her relationship. CLEARLY she was drunk.
    2. Just to reiterate: by having sex with a women who was CLEARLY drunk, and given that Schincariol himself was CLEARLY sober, that is the DEFINITION of rape.

    I’m equally as concerned about false rape charges as you are, but to accuse this women of lying in this circumstance and to minimize what happened to her is atrocious on your part.


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Tulane guest lecturer arrested, booked for rape of student