In a world where talk of rape and sexual assault practically has a numbing effect on others, I was recently surprised by the rush of emotions I was able to feel when hearing about the topic in a new light. Last Monday, I attended a screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground at JMU’s Grafton-Stovall […]Read More The Scariest of Hunting Ground
Hi readers. This is just a small short warning that this post is going to be very heated so if you do not want to see controversy, I suggest you stop reading. If you dare stay-hold on one second- I am climbing up onto my soap box. For those of you who stayed, you may […]Read More Enough is Enough.
Tuesday marked one of my favorite events at JMU: Take Back the Night, a night when JMU students, faculty and staff gather in Grafton-Stovall Theater to support survivors of sexual violence. TBTN was an evening filled with performances from a cappella groups, spoken word poetry pieces, a keynote speech from writer/activist/feminist extraordinaire Wagatwe Wanjuki, a […]Read More Why Aren’t More People Taking Back the Night?
*trigger warning: This post discusses sexual assault and the UVA rape story* The title says it all: so much as happened regarding the UVA rape story and I don’t know how to feel or what to think. If you’re reading this blog post right now, you’ve probably heard of “A Rape On Campus,” an article by […]Read More I don’t know how to feel about the UVA rape story
The best way to end rape culture and gender-based violence is to raise awareness of the issue and start teaching men not to rape. So why is sexual assault still rampant in our society? On Wednesday, November 6th, Zerlina Maxwell gave her keynote address to the JMU community, entitled “From Catcalling to Sexual Assault: How […]Read More Teach men not to rape? What a concept!
In California, “No Means No” doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to have sex with someone, both parties must give a clear and (hopefully) enthusiastic yes. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 967 into law, also known as the “yes means yes” law. This law […]Read More Will Affirmative Consent Change Hookup Culture in a Positive Way? Or… Not?
Anna at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Emma Sulkowicz at Columbia University. Sarah Butters at James Madison University. In the past year, several survivors of sexual assault have come forward and spoken about the mishandling of their complaints by their respective universities. In particular, Emma Sulkowicz gained a lot of media attention earlier this school […]Read More Carry That Weight: An Open Letter Demanding Change