Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a moment and make you all aware of three really wonderful youtube channels that are working very hard to explore issues of sex and sexuality as well as relationships and other things!
It can be hard to get information like this in college when you’re mostly on your own. But I know a lot of you have questions so maybe these channels will help!
ANakedNotion: Run by Planned Parenthood and hosted by Laci Green
And a brand new channel started by Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers with sexologist Dr. Doe
It’s Tuesday and I figure people could use some kittens to brighten their day.
If someone discloses a sexual assault to you:
1) Don’t panic
2) Don’t blame them
3) Don’t give them advice
5) Listen some more
6) Keep listening…actively
7) Believe them
8) Help them find support. If you do not know the number to your local rape crisis center, you can always call the national sexual assault helpline number at 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
These are all important things to remember. If someone on Drexel’s campus discloses a sexual assault to you, encourage them to talk to the police or Candace Wannamaker in the office of Victim Support and Intervention Services.
The office of Victim Support and Intervention Services has been on hiatus for a few weeks as the boss was out for elbow surgery. But she’s doing much better now!
A few weeks ago we hosted our first collaborative sexual assault education session with the Drexel chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha and the local fraternity Alpha Pi Lambda. It went very well and we are excited to continue working with groups on our campus to lower rates of sexual assault and rape here at Drexel.
We are also currently working on a presentation to give to the ROTC program here. We will be presenting in two weeks to cadets in all grades about the issue of sexual assault in the military and what they can do to stop it.
Stay tuned for more updates as we do more events throughout the term!
On Sunday morning Judge Thomas Lipps announced his decision on the rape case that exploded in this Ohio town several months ago. Trent Mays (17) and Ma’Lik Richmond (16) were found guilty of raping a 16 year old girl from West Virginia at a party over the summer and sentenced to at least a year in a juvenile correction facility, though it is likely that they will be kept there until they are both 21.
This case was a textbook example of rape culture. Both boys were members of the town’s high school football team, which is a very big deal in Steubenville Ohio. They raped a young woman who was certainly too drunk to give consent while a number of their friends looked on and said nothing. In fact, many of them were tweeting about the incident and taking pictures. This disgusting video was filmed at one of the parties
GIGANTIC TRIGGER WARNING
The main lesson to take away from this is to remember that we raise our boys, they do not grow up in a vacuum to become evil rapists. Through normalizing rape and male aggression, we create a culture where boys do terrible things because they know that they will be protected. And this is why it is so important to stop rape culture and to encourage bystander intervention. Remember that this was done in front of a huge group of kids who knew exactly what was going on and did nothing to stop it.
ModPrimate has a great video detailing all of this as well as a followup and I encourage you all to watch it. We are the only ones who can stop rape culture.
It’s real. Its such a big problem. It is so taboo that people who aren’t even involved burst into tears.
Intimate Partner violence is not just something that happens to women.
Its not a female thing.
Its not a male thing.
Its not a gay thing.
Its not a straight thing.
It belongs to no race.
Project Unbreakable is a photography project started by student Grace Brown. Her mission is to photograph survivors of sexual assault holding a quote from their attacker. It’s an incredibly moving project and very revealing about the nature of sexual assault. I highly recommend her project.
This little girl knows where it’s at. Just in case you needed a little pick-me-up