Presentation on theme: "Beyond Triage and Title IX: Transforming College Rape Culture Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D."— Presentation transcript:
Beyond Triage and Title IX: Transforming College Rape Culture Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D.
There's a great deal of difference between thinking reflectively about moral issues and achieving higher standards of ethical behavior. –Derek Bok Transforming College Rape Culture
Sexual Violence is the #1 violent crime on college campuses. 1 in 5 college women report being a victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. Young Women, ages 16-24, are 38% of sexual assault victims and 80% of victims are assaulted before the age 18.
The Tipping Point We have reached a boiling point in our response to violence against girls and women; We have the critical mass of American citizens who are both impacted by gender-based violence and sympathetic to the cause; We remain vulnerable because we are in the middle of movement making.
We EXPAND the conversation We ENCOURAGE student activism and survivor leadership We ENVISION colleges at the forefront rather than the frontlines of ending rape culture The Tipping Point
SOARS COMMUNITY IMPACT: GOALS to increase the public awareness of sexual assault to reduce sexual violence and re-victimization to enhance the knowledge of and encourage the usage of local and traditional service agencies by sexual assault survivors and their significant others in underserved communities to provide alternative models for healing for sexual assault survivors to increase racial and cultural diversity within the sexual violence movement.
Challenges of TITLE IX Puts students, especially survivors, in a double-bind: they are responsible for preventing gender-based violence and recovering from its traumatic impact Puts students in adversarial relationship with university Lag time Lack of transparency Lack of “teeth”
Students prefer (for any number of reasons) to go through their campus judiciary process rather than local law enforcement Serial sexual assailant on campus 3 young women who filed with the Office of Sexual Misconduct. Only one case, was the alleged assailant found responsible and that was eventually overturned on appeal Question of Resources Even when the Gender-Based Misconduct Conduct policies are followed, survivors are still vulnerable and the severity does not match the crime
Columbia University, Columbia Daily Spectator (2014)
Transforming College Rape Culture Students and survivors are already at the forefront of ending college rape Colleges should not have adversarial relationship with student and survivor activists; but instead, see them as central to the university’s mission of education, innovation and social transformation; Colleges should not be in triage mode when it comes to issues of gender-based violence; rather, they position themselves as the vanguards and trailblazers for ending the global epidemic.