The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") is the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title IX, a law that requires disci...
I have talked to dozens of Amherst Survivors who prove that my story is not unique. But that is not what many administrations across the county want non-Survivors to know; they want to make sure that Survivors appear to be unique, isolated and crazed.
First piece of advice: If you want to report on human-interest stories, at least can treat your sources like humans.
I have PTSD from hearing more than 100 stories of the same sickening abuse and blatant apathy -- holding dozens of survivors; talking dozens away from suicide. When I was asked how I have PTSD if I'm not a solider, I sank in my chair, ashamed and guilty for claiming a disability that plagued so many of our veterans.
There is little incentive for individual schools to address sexual assault if other universities appear immune to sexual violence. Maintaining an impeccable public reputation is perceived to be of greater importance than confronting painful and damaging problems.
I realized that you can't run away from problems like campus rape. It doesn't just happen at UNC, it's everywhere. The best thing that anyone can do is stay and fight with courageous, intelligent, empathetic people -- and that's what I'm proud to say I'll be doing at UNC this August.
Colleges must create a new culture on campus where rape is not only condemned, but severely punishment. Meanwhile, the government must begin to enforce Title IX laws.
We don't have corrective rape in America. But lesbians get raped; I'm not the only one. We have to speak out, break that awful silence. It's yet another coming-out process. It is also the first step toward reclaiming our lives.
I thought: I must be imagining this. Should I say something? I'm a freshman and he's a leader here, no one will believe me. Shouldn't I be grateful for this attention anyway? If I speak up, I'll look stupid and unreasonable, and I'll be blowing this out of proportion.
"The entire point I started this journal was because of the rape. It had been meant for Africa, meant to record the thoughts, emotions, maybe the traumas of my time there, but Amherst took care of that."
You don't have to look far to see examples of rape culture these days. Whether it's advertising, movies, music videos or social media -- images, words, concepts -- it's all out there illustrating men dominating women.
Have others experienced the same type of hazing or discrimination on campus? Spread the word! You don't need to explain every detail of your situation, and you can even remain anonymous by using social media.
Sexual violence on a college campus has a large impact, but mostly in the lives of the students who have to come to be educated in an environment of fear.
What's worse than rape is betrayal. Students are attending schools that betray them, campuses in which violence has become a part of the experience, and in which, despite popular belief, there is no punishment for rape, rather a punishment for coming forward.
Tonight's harrowing SVU about a college systematically mistreating its student/rape victims featured plot twists so shocking they hardly seemed plausible -- except that they were drawn directly from real-life cases.
Sexual assault robbed me of my sleep, my ability to trust people I thought were friends, and of my autonomy. The summer after my senior year, I turned 18: it was on this adult milestone I began pursuing the legal system.