It was Thursday, Sept. 2 throughout N-period. Amy Bremel and members of PAC, Peer Advocates for Change, have been giving out Acquired Consent shirts- shirts meant for these to put on to assist take a stance in opposition to rape tradition on campus and promote comfortable, consensual intercourse. The shirts have been all given away in round half an hour, a document period of time. Extra males than ever had taken these shirts, which looks like an superior feat on the floor.
Nevertheless, many of those males didn’t have noble motives. They have been seen round campus taking footage in and mocking the shirts. Even in line, a pupil sprayed others with water, and one other pupil joked, “That’s not consensual.” That phrase specifically might be heard rather a lot on campus.
In response to the newest Castleton College Campus Security and Safety report, the reported numbers of rape, sexual assault, and home and relationship violence have decreased lately from 2017-2019. Does this imply that sexual and relationship violence are now not an issue at Castleton?
With college students making a joke out of sexual assault, one crossing out the phrase ‘consent’ on the shirt and changing it with a drug, it’s simple to see that there’s a tradition at Castleton nonetheless selling this violence, and it must be known as out. A number of research, akin to one by Kathryn M. Ryan and Jeanne Kanjorski, in addition to one by Thomas E. Ford, confirmed that males who get pleasure from sexist jokes and/or jokes about rape usually tend to have a proclivity to rape, that means a liking or acceptance of rape.
In response to the Rape Assault Incest Nationwide Community, two out of three sexual assaults go unreported to the police. Of that quantity, solely 8% of victims report back to a distinct official, that means that out of 1,000 sexual assaults, 630 of them go utterly unreported.
There are various unreported circumstances of rape and sexual violence on faculty campuses, together with Castleton, three of which have been spotlighted in final semester’s Spartan newspaper article, “Castleton survivors share tales of sexual trauma,” by Sophia-Buckley Clement and Aris Sherwood.
Consent will not be a joke. Touching somebody inappropriately will not be a joke. Rape and sexual assault are perpetuated by rape tradition. I encourage different college students to take heed to their friends’ tales and perceive why joking about rape and sexual assault will not be okay if they’re confused by this idea.
Take heed to the displays you hear from the Wellness Heart, Amy Bremel, and PAC. The explanation you assume you’re listening to the identical statistics time and again is as a result of it is advisable hear them. Numbers aren’t simply numbers; they’re folks. Simply because the folks which are groped non-consensually at a celebration, or intimidated and adopted to their dorms, or coerced into having intercourse — have names, faces, and emotions.
Put the fervour you’ve for maintaining Castleton College’s namesake into maintaining your self and your friends snug and secure. When you see a good friend or somebody making enjoyable of rape or sexual assault, name them out and maintain them accountable.
– Elizabeth LaLumiere