*Trigger warning: rape*
I firmly believe in the mission of this blog. I believe that discussing feminist issues amongst friends, in class, and in the community, is essential to promoting feminist goals.
But talking is not enough.
But in the wake of all of this, there has been silence from the JMU community. More importantly, there has been silence from the feminist community.
The day the Breeze released an article detailing the most recent rape, I looked to facebook to see if there was any reaction from my JMU feminist friends. I saw posts about politicians commenting on rape. I saw posts about celebrities beating and assaulting women. But not one word about what happened in our own community. To one of our fellow students.
It’s not enough to complain about rape culture. It’s not enough to call out celebrities for their treatment of women. What effect are we having if we fail to respond to events in our own community? If we truly want to make a difference, we have to act. We must come together as a community and say, “Enough.” We must take a stand together as students, faculty, staff, and community members, and show that we will not tolerate sexual violence here in Harrisonburg, or anywhere in the world.
This Wednesday, November 7th, at 8 PM on the Commons, ShoutOut! and Dukes for Choice, along with other student organizations, will be hosting a Stand Against Sexual Violence. We will gather silently to show our support for the survivors and secondary survivors of these crimes, and to show that these crimes are not to be tolerated. All of our readers are invited to join, bring signs, or just come observe. I hope to see you all there.