Posts Tagged campus rape

“When campus rape is treated as a PR problem, survivors become liabilities to be controlled, silenced and swept away.”

Writing at Al Jazeera, Dana Bolger explains how the corporatization of higher education — in which “reputation, not education, is the goal” — creates an approach to combating campus sexual assault that is about “the reduction of harm to universities, not to students.”

When campus rape is treated as a PR problem, survivors become liabilities to be controlled, silenced and swept away. Enrolled at institutions that host holiday dinners and fireside chats with their presidents, victims who come forward about their assaults might expect to be heard and protected; instead they too often find the pretense of familial love stripped away as they are placed under school-instituted gagorders, encouraged totake time off from their educations, retaliated ...

Writing at Al Jazeera, Dana Bolger explains how the corporatization of higher education — in which “reputation, not education, is the goal” — creates an approach to combating campus sexual assault that is about “the reduction ...

Screenshot of webpage: RAINN Recommends White House Focus on Criminal Justice Response to College Rape

RAINN’s recommendations ignore needs of campus survivors of all identities

Recently, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) issued recommendations to the White House on how to properly respond to college rape. Seeing the title of the page–RAINN Recommends White House Focus on Criminal Justice Response to College Rape–instantly made me panic. I’m an organizer with ED ACT NOW, a national campaign calling for better federal enforcement of Title IX, and have worked and met with many survivors and activists. I have had the opportunity to hear a wide range of reasons as to why survivors have turned to their schools, rather than the police, to address the sexual violence they endured. One of the most frequently-used reasons I have heard – especially ...

Recently, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) issued recommendations to the White House on how to properly respond to college rape. Seeing the title of the page–RAINN Recommends White House ...

Feministing Follow Friday: Student Anti-Violence Orgs

On Wednesday, Obama announced that he is creating a task force to combat campus sexual violence. It’s not perfect — it’s pretty hetero, its focus is too carceral — but presidential commitment is also a big step, and I basically cried tears of happiness all day (and then ate chocolate cake). In his speech, Obama gave a major shout-out to student organizers, so I wanted to honor that by pointing out some of my favorite student-run anti-violence organizations and collectives on Twitter. Including my own. Sorry.

On Wednesday, Obama announced that he is creating a task force to combat campus sexual violence. It’s not perfect — it’s pretty hetero, its focus is too carceral — but presidential commitment ...

Survivors dishonored: A response to SVU

This is a guest post from Angie Epifano. Angie is a 20-year-old Survivor of rape who formerly attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since leaving Amherst she has begun to finally heal and find herself, and this summer she will finally be traveling to West Africa.

At the beginning of every Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) episode, there is a disclaimer: “The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.”

On April 24th, SVU premiered it’s latest episode entitled “Girl Dishonored,” which followed the story of a girl on a college campus who was gang raped while at a fraternity party (Lindsey). SPOILER ALERT: While investigating her rape, the SVU team uncovers that the ...

This is a guest post from Angie Epifano. Angie is a 20-year-old Survivor of rape who formerly attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since leaving Amherst she has begun to finally heal and find herself, and this ...

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“Imagine being examined for ‘evidence’ by a doctor and telling your single-parent father that his only son was raped. Imagine hearing that this happened to you because you’re gay.”

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Obama is hosting female senators for dinner tonight. Can’t wait to hear who he thinks is the best ...

Students protest: “Dartmouth has a problem”

A group of current Dartmouth students spent the school’s multi-day event for admitted high schoolers making sure the “prospies” know the New Hampshire campus is not without urgent and inexcusable problems. Using a series of media–from chalking to chanted protest–the activists exposed the university’s shameful practices while the rest of the school worked to sell prospective students on a vision of airbrushed collegiate life. Rather than focusing on one particular issue, the dissenting students’ message honed in on Dartmouth’s oppressive silencing of students living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities and experiences; the protestors’ stories differ, as seen in the video above, but the school’s pattern of “discrimination through inaction” is demonstrated clearly.

As Taylor Payer, Dartmouth ’15, ...

A group of current Dartmouth students spent the school’s multi-day event for admitted high schoolers making sure the “prospies” know the New Hampshire campus is not without urgent and inexcusable problems. Using a series of ...

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Princeton alum tells female students to hurry up and find a husband already.

Sandberg, Slaughter, et al. are advocating for a new feminism devoid of social justice.

In memory of Pastor Henry Enuta.

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Feminists don’t hate men–they just hate you, MRA dude.

Conservative justices thought this year was their last chance to fight same-sex marriage.

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“Leaning in” in Iraq.

Bill Gates wants you to invent a better condom.

Rape is not a punch line, Rick Ross.

So what if Victoria’s Secret sells ...

Princeton alum tells female students to hurry up and find a husband already.

Sandberg, Slaughter, et al. are advocating for a new feminism devoid of social justice.

In memory of Pastor Henry Enuta.