I am writing to you because as Bill Mullen’s wife, you more than anyone have a right to know that quite a few girls at Purdue University have been the target of your husband’s inappropriate solicitations. Perhaps you already suspect; it would be hard for everything to go completely unnoticed when you teach in the same university.
Have you seen the way he leers at his female students? Have you seen the anything-but-accidental touches? If you haven’t, you will. It’s only a matter of time before he slips up and gets caught.
Of course, it is easier to turn a blind eye to what’s happening than to confront such an uncomfortable reality. Much is at stake: your relationship with Bill, your reputation on campus, his reputation on campus, and even little Shayari – the innocent bystander in all of this mess. When she grows up, she will eventually have to come to terms with her father’s failures as a husband and as a professor.
Tithi, I implore you to conduct an investigation of your own before he covers his tracks. Pay attention. There are likely things Elizabeth Petrasovic knows about Bill that you are only faintly becoming aware of.
It’s tempting to sweep incidents like these under the rug, but for the sake of truth and justice, they must emerge. Read my story, and the stories of other young women who have been on the receiving end of his advances. Then you can come to your own conclusion and decide how best to act.