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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.

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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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James Madison University Punished Sexual Assault With ‘Expulsion After Graduation’

James Madison University punished three fraternity members for sexually assaulting a female student and sharing their video of the attack by banning them from campus — after they graduate.

The school found the men responsible for sexual assault and harassment in the spring break 2013 attack on Sarah Butters, and determined that they shared the video widely with others on the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The unusual “expulsion after graduation” sanction allowed two of the men to graduate on time in May. The third plans to remain on campus for his senior year in 2014-15.

Butters’ complaint to federal officials about the school’s handling of the attack has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. JMU is among four universities in Virginia and 63 nationwide to face federal scrutiny on sexual assault cases. The investigation, opened on June 4, will review whether JMU violated the gender equity law Title IX.

S. Daniel Carter, an advocate for sexual assault victims who is frequently involved in federal policy on campus safety, said he’d never heard of that kind of punishment.

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Bob Jones University told rape victims to repent and look for ‘root sin’ that caused their attack

Our hearts ache for this survivor and others who are not provided with accurate information, confidential resources and services to help them through potentially one of the most frightening things that will ever happen to them.  This is not ok. The One Student team is committed to helping build communities that will support survivors. Are the resources in your community up to your standards?

By Tom Boggioni
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 19:02 EDT

According to an investigative report from Al Jazeera America, rape victims searching for help at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., were told to repent and seek out their own “root sin” that caused them to be raped.

Within the past year BJU has opened its own investigation into sexual abuse and rape, and now former students who were victimized are coming forward to tell their stories about life on a campus where they were shamed and told to keep their stories to themselves.

Coming from a conservative Mennonite family, Katie Landry, who at age 19 had never even held hands with a boy, was raped multiple times by her supervisor at her summer job. Two years later, haunted by the attacks, and attending Bob Jones University, she sought help from then dean of students, Jim Berg.

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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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