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Yale law students respond to their professor’s op-ed on campus sexual violence

Yesterday’s New York Times includes an op-ed by Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld on how to solve the campus sexual assault crisis, in which he claims that a “yes means yes” standard “redefines” consent and “encourages people to think of themselves as sexual assault victims when there was no assault.” More than 75 students at Yale Law School, including our own Alexandra, have signed an open letter setting their professor straight.

Yesterday’s New York Times includes an op-ed by Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld on how to solve the campus sexual assault crisis, in which he claims that a “yes means yes” standard “redefines” consent and “encourages people to ...

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The Academic Feminist: We Heart Women’s Centers, Part III

UPDATE 11/17/14:

We regret that we did not note that survivors have filed a Title IX complaint and law suit (PDF) against University of Connecticut alleging discrimination in violation of federal law. The UConn Women’s Center’s personnel and conduct is implicated in these legal actions; this interview is not an endorsement of the center.

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. Today we have the last in our three-part series on women’s centers. In this column, I asked Kathleen Holgerson (left), from the University of Connecticut Women’s Center, and Jennifer Graham (right), from Georgia College’s Women’s Center, to discuss the use of Title IX to address gender-based violence on college campuses. 

UPDATE 11/17/14:

We regret that we did not note that survivors have filed a Title IX complaint and law suit (PDF) against University of Connecticut alleging discrimination in violation of federal law. The UConn Women’s Center’s personnel ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: How do you carry that weight together?

Today is international Carry That Weight Day of Action. Students at schools across the country will symbolically support survivors gender-based violence by collectively carrying mattresses around campus, inspired by Columbia senior Emma Sulkowicz’s “Mattress Project.” We’ve written before about Barnard student Allie Rickard’s call for everyone to “carry that weight together” and take collective responsibility for the burden we’ve allowed survivors to bear alone too long. Now she and other Morningside Heights organizers have organized this international day of solidarity to spread the message to other colleges and universities.

Today is international Carry That Weight Day of Action. Students at schools across the country will symbolically support survivors gender-based violence by collectively carrying mattresses around campus, inspired by Columbia senior Emma ...

Let’s stop neglecting dating violence survivors

In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title IX to demand that their universities support sexual assault survivors and keep campuses safe, equitable, and just for all.

In all the buzz, though, there’s been little attention paid to other pervasive forms of gender-based violence also protected against under Title IX — including campus dating (or domestic) violence. ICYMI it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so it seems as good a time ...

In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Times to USA Today, Rolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s ...

No, California’s new affirmative consent law doesn’t expand the carceral state

This week, as many advocates cheered California’s passage of its new “yes means yes” law, gender studies professor Laurie Essig published a critique on The Chronicle‘s blog. I share her skepticism of carceral feminisms that place false and violent hope in the criminal justice system to deliver gender justice, but she is wrong to condemn the statute on these grounds: strong civil laws to combat sexual violence disturb, rather than reinforce, our reliance on incarceration.

Firstly, and mostly simply, SB 967 is not a criminal statute and will have no effect on criminal adjudication. Instead, it clarifies the definition of consent that colleges and universities must use when adjudicating sexual violence within their internal ...

This week, as many advocates cheered California’s passage of its new “yes means yes” law, gender studies professor Laurie Essig published a critique on The Chronicle‘s blog. I share her 

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It’s on us to go beyond ‘It’s On Us’

“Identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.

If you see something, intervene in any way you can.

If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.

Get someone to help if you see something.

Get in the way by creating a distraction.”

The White House’s flashy new bystander intervention campaign, It’s On Us, makes sexual assault sound a lot like a bad thunderstorm — unfortunate, inevitable, striking seemingly out of nowhere, and devoid of human agents. The solution, then, is easy and comfortable: “Identify situations in which [a-tornado-I-mean-sexual-assault] may occur” and guide your friend to safety; remember: “If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.”

Gender-based violence is not like the weather. It has ...

“Identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.

If you see something, intervene in any way you can.

If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.

Get someone to help if you see something.

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