Lead: My name is Dartmouth
Chorus: Hi Dartmouth
Lead: And I have a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
Lead: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Chorus: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Lead: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Chorus: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Lead: But 95% go unreported
Chorus: But 95% go unreported
Lead: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Chorus: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!!!
Thus far, my sorors and I have been working hard to spread the word, from our “Teal Tuesdays” (teal is the official color for the commemorative month), to sharing statistics and facts with the student body, to our whiteboard campaign. It was great to see my peers willingly join in and express themselves, as we worked to raise awareness about SAAM. :)
This is just a few of the MANY photos we have taken, posted, and shared…and from what I’ve been informed, our movement has been picked up by the Deltas and our sorors at Bethune-Cookman University, as well.
Service…gotta love it!
In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape.
Waiting for VAWA – A Triumphant Tale (told in gifs)
So VAWA was up for reauthorization in January (JANUARY!) of 2012. The reauthorized VAWA would have put in place more reporting, widespread prevention programming, and stronger policies on college campuses, as well as protection for LGBTQ folks and Native American women.
But time ran out.
So we waited…
until February 12, 2013, when the Senate passed an inclusive VAWA and sent it onto the House.
But then the House introduced a new bill - one that excluded the protections for LGBTQ folks, Native Americans, and the Campus SaVE act.
So we waited (again…) to see which version would pass.
And then on February 28, the inclusive VAWA passed in the House!
And today, after more than a year of waiting, we saw Barack Obama sign the inclusive Violence Against Women Act into law!
Liberian women battle against ‘sex for grades’ at universities
A 2011 survey conducted by ActionAid in three Liberian universities found that about 85% of female students had been sexually harassed or involved in transactional sex while they studied. Some women said they were forced to keep repeating classes if they refused to have sex with their male lecturers. If a woman reported her lecturer and he was sacked, the teacher would often simply move to another institution, the survey revealed.
We are so disappointed to report that the House GOP Leadership released a VAWA bill on Friday that fails to include any meaningful campus safety provisions.
Recently, the Senate passed a bipartisan VAWA bill would put in place more reporting, widespread prevention programming, and stronger policies on college campuses…
but the House proposed a new bill that merely asks for a survey of colleges about their campus safety policies and procedures.
Basically, while the Senate bill would require colleges to improve campus safety, the House bill would simply ask schools about it.
AAUW is very disappointed to report that the House GOP Leadership released a VAWA bill today that fails to include any meaningful campus safety provisions. While the Senate-passed bipartisan VAWA bill would put in place more reporting, widespread prevention programming, and stronger policies on college campuses, the House proposal merely asks for a survey of colleges about their campus safety policies and procedures. For this and other reasons, AAUW simply cannot support the House bill.
“Surveys are a well-known Washington ploy to put off until tomorrow what should be done today,” said Lisa Maatz, our director of public policy and government relations. “The AAUW-championed provisions in the Senate bill would require colleges to improve campus safety. The House bill would simply ask schools about it. Given that there continues to be an alarming number of sexual assaults on college campuses across the country, AAUW members expect action – not stall tactics.”
Take action & urge the House of Representatives to pass a VAWA bill that will actually make a difference on college campuses: http://bit.ly/120rOYR
An Alumna’s Reaction to the Amherst Sexual Violence Report: More Activism Needed
Amanda Villarreal – AAUW Policy Intern, Fall 2012
Last October, I wrote an AAUW blog post on sexual assault and possible Title IX violations at my alma mater, Amherst College, that made the case for online activism to draw attention to the issue. My post reacted to a former student’s published account of rape at the college and her charges that the administration mishandled her case, as well as the swift, national response that ensued. Four months later, Amherst’s newly formed Special Oversight Committee on Sexual Misconduct issued a 55-page report, Toward a Culture of Respect: The Problem of Sexual Misconduct at Amherst College. The report made recommendations including redoubled efforts to build an equitable and inclusive community that promotes respect, better coordination and communication within student affairs, and better crisis management and adoption of clear and transparent personnel protocols.
I admire my alma mater’s efforts, yet the report leaves room for improvement. I agree with Dana Bolger, an Amherst student activist, who critiqued the report’s treatment of rape as an inexplicable and random event, like a natural disaster. The administration failed, she says, to draft a direct plan of action that explicitly confronts Amherst’s real sexist, misogynist, and patriarchal structures that perpetuate such violence. I believe that these structures within the Amherst culture must be explored and dismantled, though it will take a committed effort by the entire Amherst community — administration, students, and alumni alike. I believe Amherst will become what we make it become. Purposeful activism will make it so.
In an effort to follow this belief, I began to coordinate a new, women’s support initiative last fall as an alumna: The Amherst Women’s Network. I was pleasantly surprised to find the report mention it (page 27) and our mission and recommend that the college should “strongly support initiatives of this kind.” Structural support to bring women together, to encourage one another into leadership positions, and to empathize with our shared experiences will foster female solidarity. From here, we can create a stronger platform from which to rally around issues such as sexual violence, and other products of sexism and discrimination, we encounter in our communities. Efforts to empower the affected group in these matters at Amherst — and in broader society — form one of the surest paths to prevention. Amherst’s encouragement of the Amherst Women’s Network gives me hope that Amherst is starting to get it, and will expand its encouragement to men’s and other initiatives that actively combat the roots of social intolerance and subjugation.
I believe in my school and its potential to grow from its past wrongs. I am excited to see where this transformative energy takes us toward securing everyone in the Amherst community an inclusive and safer undergraduate experience. I encourage everyone to educate themselves on students’ perspectives of problems like sexual violence and assault on college campuses like Amherst, perspectives I believe measure the true progress institutions make. I also hope you’ll help in these efforts by sharing this post and encouraging college administrations to encourage women’s leadership and women-focused initiatives on campuses.
If you have questions about the Amherst Women’s Network or would like to become involved, please e-mail email@example.com.