Earlier this winter we put together an online resource compilation titled “How will you make the world better?” with ideas for taking care of yourself, getting support, and taking action. And in January, we are hosting an event with the same name, to provide a space for U of M community members to get involved and find community with on- and off-campus partners.
As this is on many people’s minds, and to continue the theme of how we can make the world better, here are just a few resources around understanding and ending rape culture. There are many, many more out there, from blogs and articles to individuals and organizations doing the work – let’s keep learning and building.
Why do schools handle sexual violence reports?
Via Know Your IX:
Title IX requires schools to combat sex discrimination in education. One of the most common objections we hear to campus adjudication is “but isn’t rape a crime?” It absolutely is, and students who report to their schools can also report to the police. However, rape and other forms of gender-based violence manifest and perpetuate inequality, and federal antidiscrimination law recognizes that. To make sure that all students, regardless of their gender identity and expression, have equal access to education, schools are required to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence. This isn’t a replacement for reporting to the police; it’s a parallel option for survivors based in civil rights – rather than criminal – law.
Know Your IX has myriad resources on how we can work to end sexual assault, including campus organizing and alumni toolkits and a guide for journalists and editors writing about Gender-Based Violence and Title IX.
Get Support & Support Survivors
U of M students can get support at the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. If you want to learn about ways to support a victim/survivor, check out the Aurora Center’s publication “Concerned Persons Of Sexual Assault or Relationship Violence Victims.”
5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape
Zerlina Maxwell offers ways to prevent rape without making women responsible for the crimes committed against them:
When I said that “We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it,” I wasn’t expressing some simplistic, fantastical worldview. There are organizations like Men Can Stop Rape and Men Stopping Violence that are already doing the work to train men from a young age to understand and challenge rape culture. Interestingly enough, many who disagreed with my argument chose to send me rape threats, insults, and dismissive remarks that in many ways proved my point. We need a cultural shift NOW. In hopes of getting a conversation started, here are five practical ways by which we can teach men not to rape.
Guante: “Consent at 10,000 Feet“
It would be silence. It would be “I don’t know if this is what I want right now.” Because maybe that’s not a no, but it’s definitely not a yes. It would be just about everyone agreeing that rape is bad, but only when it’s called rape; how the amount of men who will admit to getting someone drunk, or otherwise manipulating, coercing, or forcing them into a sexual act is so much larger than the amount of men will admit to raping someone.