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'The Story Hit Like A Slap, But The After-Burn Lasted For Days:' The Lingering Impacts Of The Harvard Men's Soccer 'Scouting Reports'

Harvard University campus in Cambridge. (Lisa Poole/AP)
Harvard University campus in Cambridge. (Lisa Poole/AP)
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Hannah Natanson was on the Harvard's Women Varsity Soccer team in 2016 when the story broke that the Harvard men's soccer team had a tradition of producing sexually explicit scouting reports, that ranked players on the women's team by things like their appearance and ideal sexual position.

The men's team did apologize for the reports and, after Harvard canceled the rest of the men's team season, everyone seemingly moved on. But Natanson, who is now a senior, said those words stuck with her in ways she didn't fully understand until much later.

“The story hit like a slap, but the after-burn lasted for days,” she writes, in a piece for the Crimson entitled "The Way Things Linger."

Hannah would later quit the team, and, at the time, said she wasn't able to admit to herself that the scouting report had been a factor in that decision.


Hannah Natanson, senior at Harvard and the managing editor of The Harvard Crimson. She will be running the Boston Marathon in 2019 as part of the Boston Public Library Team and accepting donations for the city’s public library system.

This segment aired on December 19, 2018.


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