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
As the title states, sexual assault has actually been viewed as normal by young girls! A recent study interviewed 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 7. One of the interview subjects stated “They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean […]Read More Quick Hit: Sexual Assault is Normal?!?
Although these two Democratic senators are clear that sexual assault needs to stop, they weren’t always so friendly with each other on how to stop it. Democrat Gillibrand and Democrat McCaskill both proposed bills to end sexual assault in the military, a fierce battle that ended with McCaskill’s bill being passed. Now, the two women […]Read More Quick Hit: Gillibrand and McCaskill- No more college sexual assault!
**Trigger Warning: Talking about campus rape and ways to get information to students** What do you do if you are sexually assaulted? Honestly speaking, just off the top of your head do you know a resource or a number to call? I know that resources exist at JMU, C.A.R.E. for example, but what if I didn’t? Would […]Read More Quick Hit: Campus Assault Info in the Syllabus
*TRIGGER WARNING* Imagine a world without the option of rape. Men and women are educated from an early age that forcing someone to have sex without consent is very wrong, and should never happen. Everyone abides by all aspects of this rule, including the least known: intoxicated consent is not consent. I’m also imagining a […]Read More AR Underwear or Chastity Belt?
This past week, imagineherstory wrote a post about the new JMU sexual harassment and assault policy, and reading through it brought up a mix of emotions about the topic of sexual assault itself. My mom has always told me that I compartmentalize; I like to take the not-so-good parts of life, shove them in a little box, put […]Read More Playing With Gender Roles
For those of you who may not know James Madison University has a new policy regarding sexual harassment and assault. This new policy is worded as follows: “When someone reports an incident of sexual violence to you (the faculty), you are required by university policy to report this disclosure. You do not have […]Read More The New JMU Policy Says What?
Check out this article on the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign in Canada, where ads targeting “average joe” potential rapists explain in convenient one-liners that non-consensual sex is assault, and SEXUAL ASSAULT RATES DECREASED BY TEN PERCENT. And here is the website for the campaign! They even have a much needed focus on same-gender sexual […]Read More Quick Hit: Awesome Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign
Evidently, I am a masochist because I decided to start out this week with some of the most depressing and upsetting material (after I also read about http://sideeffectsofxarelto.org/xareltos-original-study-comparing-the-drug-to-warfarin-appears-to-have-been-skewed/). To make the Monday morning blues even bluer I decided to go and watch The Invisible War at Grafton with a friend of mine. Probably the best […]Read More The Invisible War