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.
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
Sometimes domestic violence can be hard to spot in other relationships and difficult to acknowledge in your own. Though domestic violence does not always look the same, there are certain warning signs to help you determine if your relationship is unhealthy.
- Does your partner insult you in public?
- Does your partner treat you like you are stupid, call you names, or otherwise insult you?
- Does your partner try to control what you do? This could be financially or going out with friends, etc.
- Does your partner try to isolate you from your friends and family?
- Has your partner threatened to hurt you or him/herself if the relationship ends?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be that you are in an abusive relationship. You can call the 24 hour PHILADELPHIA hotline at 1-866-SAFE-014 or you may call the national domestic abuse hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233)
For more information, particularly about resources in Philadelphia, please visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/index.php
Today is the last day of February and so it’s the last day of Teen Dating Violence Month. Please remember that dating violence is real and if someone you know is suffering from abuse, report it.
Also keep in mind that not every situation is ideal. Victims will often go back to their abusers many times before finally breaking away from them. They may also be threatened by their abusers who promise to do even more horrible things if they leave. The most important thing for others to do is to let the victim know that they have support.
Even though February is over, awareness regarding teen dating violence and domestic abuse should still be spread. You can still visit teendvmonth.org for more information. Or you can visit