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Calling individuals, organizations and campuses wanting to address sexual violence and create social change.

One Student (www.onestudent.org) has an exceptional opportunity for you to become a YATO Ambassador. This unique partnership is provided in honor of One Student founders Kelly Addington & Becca Tieder (www.kellyandbecca.com), their friendship and their fight to shift the culture and help end sexual violence. Without the bond between these lifelong friends, One Student would not exist.

January 2015 marks 25 years of friendship for Kelly and Becca. In celebration of their 25th best-friendaversary (yes, it’s a thing!) we’re offering the gift of social change. To celebrate the power of friendship, survivors and secondary survivors we’re launching the YATO Ambassador program. 

Through January 31, 2015 all Ambassadors will receive a copy of the You Are the One (www.youaretheonefilm.org) documentary film, a public license for campus/ community screenings, comprehensive educational toolkit and a one-on-one phone call or online meeting with One Student staff — all for the cost of a film– $24 (retail value $275).

 Minimum expectations for YATO Ambassadors include:

  • Host at least one public screening of the film on campus or in your community in the spring of 2015
  • Use the hashtag #iamonestudent in all promotions (written, printed, and online) of screening event(s)
  • Provide #iamonestudent pictures from your event(s) to be included in a national collage
  • Share quotes about the film and actions taken following the film with the One Student team so that we can highlight the success of your campus program
  • Promote One Student resources; a few suggestions include: encouraging individuals to sign the One Student pledge, distribute one-pager resources, show the media campaigns prior to the screening and display the posters on campus to start conversations

Benefits of being a YATO Ambassador:

  • Access to the entire catalogue One Student resources
  • Phone call, Google Hangout or Skype meeting with One Student staff to discuss campus social change strategies
  • $150 discount on the YATO public license
  • Chance to be a part of a global social change squad
  • Online and social media publicity for your organization
  • Receive all the necessary tools and support from One Student headquarters to ensure the success of your Ambassadorship

Sound good? Great! We look forward to welcoming you to our social change crew. Let’s start critical conversations about sexual assault, social change and sexual empowerment together.

Steps to get started—

1. Email info@onestudent.org with subject line: YATO Ambassador and include the following:

  • Name
  • Campus
  • Organization or Department
  • Email
  • Mailing address
  • Phone
  • What do you hope to accomplish as a YATO Ambassador?

2. Mail a check for $24 payable to One Student at 303 Main Street, #1414 Safety Harbor, FL 34695 or pay by credit card online ( www.youaretheonefilm.org/store/).

Once your email and payment is received you will be contacted by a One Student team member to officially welcome you as a YATO Ambassador and provide you with resources and additional details regarding the program. Special pricing offered through January 31, 2015.

Questions? Call 813-784-7337 or email info@onestudent.org

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My truth is my weapon.

by One Student co-founder Kelly Addington

 

Twitter trolls and the media’s role have me second guessing my facts.

The details are daunting

They come at me like an eerie blur each time my eyes close 

Reality? I lost that the night he raped me and might never get it back.

 

Truth is my weapon, but it’s pointed at me.

No matter what I say, you hear what you want.

 

Deny me, defy me, blame me or shame me.

Feel better now?  

That won’t make the truth go away.  

 

Proof, you ask?

No, I don’t have that.

 

He said, she said?

I say, its bullshit.

 

What does it matter, you don’t hear me, your mind is full. 

The judgment, the questions, the lack of respect

My truth is the truth.

For now, I’ll keep it to myself.

 

But, what I will say is this,

I’m a sister. I’m a daughter. I’m an Aunt.  I’m a friend.

Have one of those?

What’s her truth?

 

 

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There Are Too Many Jackies

Annie E. Clark co-founder of End Rape on Campus BuzzFeed post on why the Rolling Stone retraction affects all survivors of sexual assault

Eggs with cheddar cheese. Pepper and garlic salt. I was eating lightly scrambled eggs when the news of the Rolling Stone “retraction” of a highly publicized gang rape hit all of our Facebooks and Twitters on Friday. On the West Coast it was about 10 a.m. (It was a very late breakfast day.) If only there would have been bacon. Maple bacon. Maybe maple bacon would have been enough to wish the day away.

I was called and emailed by various media sources within a matter of minutes of the news hitting the internet. As a public survivor of rape, media outlets wanted quotes. Some wanted sit down TV interviews about why false rape allegations happen (they don’t any more than false reports of other crimes, according to the FBI and other sources). Some wanted to know “why survivors lie” (we don’t; rape reporting isn’t a leisurely, pleasant pastime). And they wanted these interviews immediately.

This all makes sense from a media perspective. No one wants to publish anything mediocre on Friday afternoon. If a media source published something it had to be immediate and sensational.

But this didn’t make sense for me. I needed to breathe. Read More »

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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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  • 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)
    1-877-739-3895

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