10 Student Sexual Assault Prevention Activists to Know!: #4 Members of “No Red Tape”, Columbia University

10 Student Sexual Assault Prevention Activists to Know!

Throughout the course of the last year, we at SAFER have proudly watched numerous student sexual assault prevention activists speak out against the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses and call for changes to college and universities policies regarding sexual violence.

In honor of Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, SAFER will highlight 10 student sexual assault prevention activists around the nation who are creating change on their campus!

#4: Members of “No Red Tape“, Columbia University

SAFER was founded in New York City at Columbia University in 2000 and, despite a legacy of student sexual assault prevention activism, the institution is again facing allegations that administrators have mistreated survivors, failed to adequately record the allegations of survivors, and protected known repeat-rapists. On admitted students day in April 2014, members of No Red Tape handed out copies of a letter to prospective freshman on the epidemic of college sexual assault and the need for reform at Columbia. The students were quickly removed from the admitted students event and not permitted to return.

SAFER provides student activists with a variety of resources, including the Activist Resource Center, which is our online library of sexual assault-related information and resources; on-campus Teach-Ins for student activists, which are led by skilled facilitators and equip students with the skills and information needed to bring about policy reforms and change; and, our Activist Mentoring Program (AMP!), which is our free mentoring service that provides students with continued support after they have completed an on-campus Teach-In.

10 Student Sexual Assault Activists to Know!: #3: Kate Sim, Harvard University

10 Student Sexual Assault Activists to Know!

Throughout the course of the last year, we at SAFER have proudly watched numerous student sexual assault prevention activists speak out against the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses and call for changes to college and universities policies regarding sexual violence.

In honor of Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, SAFER will highlight 10 student sexual assault prevention activists around the nation who are creating change on their campus!

# 3 Kate Sim, Harvard University

Left: Kate Sim ’14

Kate Sim is a student at Harvard University and founder of Our Harvard Can Do Better, which is a student activist organization working on the college, university and national level to advocate for survivor-centric, intersectionally inclusive reform of sexual violence policies. Sim, along with her fellow Harvard Activists, filed a Title IX complaint against Harvard after members of the faculty mistreated survivors and after activists discovered that the University’s current sexual assault policy is over twenty years old. In addition to her work with Our Harvard, Sims is active with Know Your IX.

SAFER provides student activists with a variety of resources, including the Activist Resource Center, which is our online library of sexual assault-related information and resources; on-campus Teach-Ins for student activists, which are led by skilled facilitators and equip students with the skills and information needed to bring about policy reforms and change; and, our Activist Mentoring Program (AMP!), which is our free mentoring service that provides students with continued support after they have completed an on-campus Teach-In.

10 Student Sexual Assault Activists to Know!: #2 Members of Brandeis Students Against Sexual Violence, Brandeis University

10 Student Sexual Assault Activists to Know!

Throughout the course of the last year, we at SAFER have proudly watched numerous student sexual assault prevention activists speak out against the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses and call for changes to college and universities policies regarding sexual violence.

In honor of Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, SAFER will highlight 10 student sexual assault prevention activists around the nation who are creating change on their campus!

#2. Members of Brandeis Students Against Sexual Violence, Brandeis University

Students at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, published a Change.org petition calling on their administrators to create a stronger, survivor-oriented sexual assault policy after a Tumblr entitled “SpeakOut! Brandeis” was published with the goal of promoting awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment on campus, and allow those affected by it to anonymously share their stories.

SAFER provides student activists with a variety of resources, including the Activist Resource Center, which is our online library of sexual assault-related information and resources; on-campus Teach-Ins for student activists, which are led by skilled facilitators and equip students with the skills and information needed to bring about policy reforms and change; and, our Activist Mentoring Program (AMP!), which is our free mentoring service that provides students with continued support after they have completed an on-campus Teach-In.

10 Student Sexual Assault Activists to Know!: #1 John Kelly, Tufts University

Throughout the course of the last year, we at SAFER have proudly watched numerous student sexual assault prevention activists speak out against the prevalence of sexual assault on their campuses and call for changes to college and universities policies regarding sexual violence.

In honor of Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, SAFER will highlight 10 student sexual assault prevention activists around the nation who are creating change on their campus!

#1 John Kelly, Tufts University

John Kelly, SA Prevention Activist, on the right at an ED ACT NOW Protest. 

John Kelly is junior at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, who, after experiencing first-hand the inadequacies of his institution’s sexual assault policy and disciplinary process became an activist with ED ACT NOW and Know Your IX and has advocated for Tufts to change their sexual assault policies and disciplinary procedures. As a male, queer survivor of sexual assault, John has worked to ensure sexual violence against men and members of the LGBTQ community are included in conversations and activism around campus sexual assault.

 

SAFER provides student activists with a variety of resources, including the Activist Resource Center, which is our online library of sexual assault-related information and resources; on-campus Teach-Ins for student activists, which are led by skilled facilitators and equip students with the skills and information needed to bring about policy reforms and change; and, our Activist Mentoring Program (AMP!), which is our free mentoring service that provides students with continued support after they have completed an on-campus Teach-In.

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know: #10 Meeting People Where They Are

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know

By Jessica Torres

April is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month and in honor of all the hard work that has been done and will be done by college sexual assault prevention activists, SAFER has put together a “Top 10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know.” We will be posting one of the ten ideas/suggestions/concepts each day for the first ten days of #SAAM. Please check our blog and our social media for each day’s idea!

Systems and traditions that allow and reinforce rape culture don’t exist in a vacuum; rape culture is informed by everyday microaggressions, historic disenfranchisement of specific groups (like women, LGBT folks, and people of color), and quite frankly, it’s a symptom of larger problems we often don’t have the language to discuss. Here are 10 things that all sexual violence prevention activists should know and consider as they further their efforts to build stronger and long-lasting policies that both reflect and challenge the needs and understanding of sexual assault for students on college campuses.

#10 Meeting People Where They Are

 

-avoid living in the Ivory Tower. Buzzwords aren’t everything, contextualize your work in a way that benefits everyone participating in the conversation.

-folks are allowed to enter the movement regardless of how literate they are in the issues. Provide educational opportunities for folks who want to learn, invite them in and challenge people to think critically about where they stand.

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know: #9 Realizing there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know

By Jessica Torres

April is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month and in honor of all the hard work that has been done and will be done by college sexual assault prevention activists, SAFER has put together a “Top 10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know.” We will be posting one of the ten ideas/suggestions/concepts each day for the first ten days of #SAAM. Please check our blog and our social media for each day’s idea!

Systems and traditions that allow and reinforce rape culture don’t exist in a vacuum; rape culture is informed by everyday microaggressions, historic disenfranchisement of specific groups (like women, LGBT folks, and people of color), and quite frankly, it’s a symptom of larger problems we often don’t have the language to discuss. Here are 10 things that all sexual violence prevention activists should know and consider as they further their efforts to build stronger and long-lasting policies that both reflect and challenge the needs and understanding of sexual assault for students on college campuses.

9. Realizing there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution

-every institution has its own unique cultural issues that need to be addressed. So while it’s useful to compare notes, remember to tailor your demands to what your specific community needs.

-be sure to push for a policy that grows with the needs of the community. If there isn’t a process to amend policy, push for that! And be sure to clearly highlight who to go to when it’s time to do so.

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know: #7 Building a sustainable movement that lasts beyond when vocal leaders graduate

10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know

By Jessica Torres

April is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month and in honor of all the hard work that has been done and will be done by college sexual assault prevention activists, SAFER has put together a “Top 10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know.” We will be posting one of the ten ideas/suggestions/concepts each day for the first ten days of #SAAM. Please check our blog and our social media for each day’s idea!

Systems and traditions that allow and reinforce rape culture don’t exist in a vacuum; rape culture is informed by everyday microaggressions, historic disenfranchisement of specific groups (like women, LGBT folks, and people of color), and quite frankly, it’s a symptom of larger problems we often don’t have the language to discuss. Here are 10 things that all sexual violence prevention activists should know and consider as they further their efforts to build stronger and long-lasting policies that both reflect and challenge the needs and understanding of sexual assault for students on college campuses.

7. Building a sustainable movement that lasts beyond when vocal leaders graduate

-make sure you reach out to newly matriculated students. Explain very clearly why they should care; sexual assault will impact all of us in immeasurable ways, oftentimes, without ever going away.

-build institutional memory, share your wealth of knowledge with anyone who may be interested in exchanging ideas in an easy, user-friendly, accessible space. That may be as simple as a curated Facebook page, a Tumblr, a blog, or even submitting articles to your school’s paper.

-document everything in some form of a database, this includes victories, big and small, as well as communications with key figures.

-diversify your leadership. Don’t just include the usual suspects as it will make the movement feel niche or unrelatable.

-learn your history! By placing your work in the context of your school’s activist history, you can take notes on what has or hasn’t worked before. And those who will come after you can do the same.

 

Twitter Movement Highlights Underreporting #ididnotreport

Trigger warning for disclosures of sexual assault 

Many of SAFER’s social media-savvy readers have probably already heard about this, but, if you haven’t, it’s worth checking out. Just a few days ago, feminist activists from across the pond coined #ididnotreport, and survivors began bravely disclosing their unreported experiences of sexual assault via Twitter. Here are a few powerful examples:

Absolutely nothing but blame was placed on me after my first 2 assaults. #ididnotreport the most recent. Couldn’t go through that again. -Colleen

#ididnotreport any of them because I’d been taught that it was only rape if violence or threats were used. -Merinnan

An anonymous friend: “#ididnotreport because I’m male, and no one would have believed me.” -imbecillis

So far, survivors and people close to survivors have sent 3,493 tweets using #ididnotreport. Did you or someone you know choose not to report after a sexual assault for fear of poor treatment by school administrators or disbelieving friends, law enforcement officials, etc.? Head over to Twitter and get involved in this amazing social-media movement to shed light on the troubling phenomenon of underreporting.

GET INVOLVED: March 18-24 is International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Cross-posted from SAFER’s Tumblr

Sexual and sexist comments, public masturbation, groping, stalking, and assault – gender-based street harassment makes public places unfriendly and even scary for many girls, women, and LGBQT folks. Join thousands of people worldwide to speak out against this human rights issue during International Anti-Street Harassment Week, March 18-24, 2012.

There are many ways to participate, including by simply agreeing to talk about the issue, sharing stories or tweeting (#NoSHWeek) during the week, and changing your Facebook photo that week. If you want to organize action in your community, submit it to the map so others in your area can find out about it. No action is too small to help collectively say that the streets should be safe for everyone!

Below is a list of ways that you can use social media to get involved in International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

If you’re in NYC, check out the Facebook event to get involved during #NoSHWeek!

Learn more at Meet Us On The Street.