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We have a whopper of a post, thanks to the month-long vacay (graduation, finals, and the like) that we’ve had away from the site!
Transgendered Students Covered Under Title IX - on April 29th, the U.S. Department of Education declared that transgendered students were now protected by law under Title IX. Title IX is a clause that has been interpreted in many different ways by many different people but who’s main goal is to protect against sexual harassment and sex and gender-based discrimination. There’s a bit of controversy as to how it might play out but we’re loving this step forward!
Read more here!
World attempts to rally around missing Nigerian girls - While 50 girls have escaped on their own (and have either found their way back to their families or are simply in the wind), the majority of the girls taken in one fell swoop from Chibok, Nigeria are still being held captive by Boko Haram extremists. The internet’s outcry over their abduction has led to action – an U.S. force is ‘on the ground’ and an Israeli special anti-terrorist task force. We’ll see what happens though…
CNN talks to three sexual violence survivors at Columbia – In light of the fed’s renewed commitment to ending violence on campus, CNN’s Bill Weir headed to Columbia University to talk to three women whose attackers were never prosecuted.
The problem with Tufts University - Tufts, infamous for ignoring and/or covering up sexual assault, has finally gotten a bit of what it deserves. Here’s a quick run-through of everything leading up to what’s been airing in the news recently -
A complaint filed in September 2010 stated that the University failed to promptly and equitably respond to her report in January 2010 of sexual assault and her June 2010 written complaint of sexual assault and subsequent harassment. The Student objected that the University’s investigation took too long, that the University did not provide her with appropriate interim protective measures during the investigation, and that the University’s actions and inactions subjected the Student to a continued hostile environment. In investigating the 2010 complaint, the OCR also researched other reports of sexual misconduct at Tufts. Some of the students they interviewed described additional violations of Title IX.
Last week, after a six year investigation drew to a close, the Office of Civil Rights found Tufts in violation (very rare). At first the school attempted to fight it – a press release stated they were appealing the decision and revoking their agreement to comply; the government in turn threatened to pull funding. Last week, however, (after a charged student rally) Tufts finally capitulated and “accepted” the findings, with a caveat.
Read more here!
Over and out,
Chi + the Team
On the north side of Old Main, a young man yelled “buy some suntan lotion,” at me. He then called me a dumb bitch when I ignored him.
I was walking back to my dorm and was on University, when a man catcalled a young lady who was in her bikini. I was shocked and appalled by the way it happened and that the catcalling lasted as long as it did! Catcalling is NOT okay.
At the UA, right before the start of the semester, there is this thing called “Run of the Bulls” which consists of new sorority members running to their houses. During this process, the guys line the streets and catcall the girls and film them running. It is really weird to watch because even after the girls finish running the guys still just sit and watch them creepily…
An older man called me “sweetie,” and “honey,” and said I was his girlfriend while following me into a co-op. I told him to leave me alone and he yelled at me to “die screaming” in front of the cashier.
Someone who lived in my dorm repeatedly asked me for sex, even after I told him to stop. He only backed off when I threatened to tell the school.
I was walking through the Student Union when two guys started walking in front of me. They started making loud, rude comments to women walking by and to each other. As I was late, I began walking faster and passed them. Then they started commenting that I had purposely walked in front of them so they could look at my butt. Then they continued until I was out of earshot.
My girlfriend and I were walking down 4th Ave holding hands when a man came up to us and said “You ladies look nice tonight, but you’d look even better with me in between you!”