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One in Five

College is a time of exciting change and transition for many young adults all across America. This time comes with many new experiences, such as moving away from home, thinking about possible careers and meeting an overload of new people. When it comes time to move in on campus, meeting so many people can feel overwhelming…

The Perpetuation of Rape Culture

In the wake of the Steubenville, Ohio rape case, you may have seen this image… …or watched this video: The next video, while made two years ago, is extremely relevant. (Interestingly, ABC addresses the Onion video and the problematic media coverage.) Discussing rape culture in the context of the perpetrator(s) is one thing, but the…

Why I’m Afraid To Go To School Today: Brother Jed

With my first post of the academic school year, I wanted to address the new freshmen who may stumble across the Women’s Center’s blog – welcome, you guys! – but in light of events occurring this week, I feel as though it’s more important to discuss something else first. For those of you who are…

Safety Tips for Women‬ on College Campuses

By Guest Contributor Elspeth Bishop College is a wonderful experience, but all too often students can become lax in their own personal safety, assuming danger is beyond them in an academic environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Colleges do have policies and procedures in place, but there’s only so much campus security can…

The Importance of Sexual Violence Education on Campus

By Guest Contributor Cary Barlow The statistics are indeed alarming: according to the National Institute of Justice, one in five women and more than 6% of men are sexually assaulted during their time in college. And the numbers don’t lie. After the recent spate of sexual assault incidents at Boston University and other prestigious institutions,…

Worst Case Scenario: A False Rape Claim

Rape is one of the biggest issues for American feminists, I think. Nothing says “object” like being forced or coerced into non-consensual sex. There are tons of people far more educated than myself who’ve discussed this topic and delved into what is called the “rape culture” of today – aspects of our culture that facilitate…

Hollaback!: Why I’m Engaged in Fighting Street Harassment

By Guest Contributor Ami Wazlawik Hollaback! That’s exactly what my friend did when we were harassed on the street a few summers ago. Since then, I’ve heard many stories of street harassment, and have both witnessed and been a victim of street harassment. And every time, I’m outraged and upset that some people think it’s…