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Nail Polish to the Rescue?

Nail Polish from Sephora[1]by One Student co-founder Kelly Addington

Several friends have publicly and privately shared with me the recent story about a team of four students at North Carolina State University that are working to develop nail polish to detect drugs commonly used to facilitate sexual assault. While I appreciate that their goal is to help empower and protect women, I’m generally not a big fan of these types of tools. Rapists are in fact using Rohypnol and GHB to facilitate rape, so having the ability to detect these drugs in an easy and stylish manner is a good thing, but it takes the focus away from the number one drug used to facilitate rape, which is alcohol.

At the very least, the nail polish is a great conversation starter and I believe the best way to help reduce sexual violence is through discussion that inspires action. The nail polish may be a useful accessory, especially if it’s available in fun fresh colors, but it should be paired with education, on-going conversations with your peer group, a designated sober person and intuition (it’s a bad mama-jama in a good way). Speaking of education, I really wish the media outlets that are covering this story would stop using the term “date rape.” It’s an archaic term and it’s offensive. Drug facilitated rape is the appropriate term. Or if they really want to keep it real, call it what it is, rape.

One Student has a one-page resource dedicated to protecting yourself and your friends from drug facilitated assaults. Please check it out and pass it on. Thanks for sharing and thanks for helping us get important conversations like this started.

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Seeking Production Fellows

Do you have a story to tell? Are you ready to inspire the next great conversation about social change? Do you want to challenge people’s thoughts about sexual assault, gender-based violence prevention, healthy relationships, social justice and sexual empowerment?

One Student is seeking talented students with film and media experience to help develop and produce fresh and positive social norm videos that support the mission of the organization. Students may apply in teams, use the project for academic credit and will retain shared ownership of all completed works. Production Fellows will receive professional guidance, coaching, a modest supply budget and stipend to be paid upon conclusion of project. Completed works will be distributed globally, screened at national events and made available to hundreds of universities, nonprofits and community organizations.

MISSION: One Student is a nonprofit organization that provides students and their allies with programs, resources and opportunities to address sexual violence.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Responsible for developing concept(s), storyline, scripting, production timeline and creation of an educational video that supports the mission of the organization. Projects must be no more than 5 minutes in length, include positive and inclusive language with a primary focus on areas within the scope of One Student resources– sexual assault awareness, gender-based violence prevention, healthy relationships and sexual empowerment. Fellows are also responsible for securing and managing all volunteers, space and equipment needed to produce the finished product.

To see current One Student educational campaigns visit www.OneStudent.org/campaigns  

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for one of two fellowships being offered for the fall 2014 term, please submit the following:

  • Cover page that includes your name, campus, major, anticipated graduation date, phone number and email
  • Snapshot of your involvement on campus/ in your community (a resume is fine)
  • Sample(s) of your work
  • Short statement (up to 250 words) sharing why you’re interested in this position and what makes you the ideal candidate

Email to becca@onestudent.org with subject line: “production fellowship”

Application deadline for fall 2014 Production Fellowship is Friday, September 12 at 11pm PST

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Multi-media campaigns to help campus communities address sexual violence

How do you plan to address sexual violence this coming academic year. The One Student team is pleased to provide relevant and vibrant educational campaigns free of charge to anyone who wishes to use them.

Want to start a conversation about consent? Got it. Want to build a community supportive of survivors? Got it. Want to encourage individuals to be engaged bystanders? We’ve got that too. We invite you to check out our educational campaigns (http://onestudent.org/campaigns/) and use them in your community. Looking for something in particular that’s not currently offered on our site? Just ask and we will help you find it or we’ll consider developing a campaign to meet your needs.

We’re all in this together and one student at a time we can shift the culture.


I Am Not Proud of What Was Done to Me, But I Am Proud of Who I Am

Published in My Jewish Learning

(Trigger Warning: This post discusses issues related to sexual violence.)

It is April 2, 2014, over three and a half years after I publicly came out as gay on Facebook. I am in a classroom at Tufts University, not paying as much attention to the Professor as I should be, as I contemplate what I had drafted moments before I left for class. My heart is racing. I am staring at my computer screen, full of white and blue pixels, as my hand hovers over my laptop’s touchpad. It feels like the last few years have all been leading up to this moment. I know people will notice. I know they will talk about it. I question whether I should restrict my post so no one on my limited profile—most of the adults I’m friends with—can see it. I hesitate, yet I make my decision. I click the blue button that says “post.” My status, a call for people to attend “It Happens Here” at Tufts, begins: “3.5 years ago I was sexually assaulted at Tufts University….”

Coming out as a survivor of sexual violence has been a difficult process, and in some ways it has been even more difficult than coming out as queer. Whereas our heteronormative society teaches queer people that there is something wrong with us, our society which is steeped in rape culture—a culture that excuses, normalizes, and at times even condones rape—teaches survivors that not only is the sexual assault partially our fault but that we should hide our identities. For me, knowing who I could confide in about my experiences as a survivor was even more difficult than figuring out who I could confide in about my sexuality.

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  • If you are a survivor of sexual assault seeking assistance, please contact your
    Campus or Community Rape Crisis Center, Campus Advocate or Counseling Center
    or contact one of these National resources:

    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

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