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Okay so I’m a freshman in college now and we all had to attend a little performance/lecture thing about sexual assault. I’m pretty well-versed because I follow all the awesome feminist tumblrs, so I was afraid it was going to be more of high school stuff (only the girls - telling them what to do not to get raped blah blah blah). BUT it was not like that.
I get there and I’m like
THERE ARE BOYS HERE! Turns out EVERYONE attends the performance thing. I was happy, but still a bit - meh.
Then the director of student health and services guy comes out and he tells us the REASON that boys are there. He started off by asking questions like ‘How many girls in here won’t go out in the dark alone?’ and ‘How many of you young women park your car under a streetlight?’ and ‘Who learned how to carry their keys as weapons?’ and other questions like that. The boys looked around generally surprised at the number of girls raising their hands every time. Then he said (and I’m paraphrasing), “We’ve been telling these things to girls for 60 some years and we haven’t started seeing decreases in sexual assault statistics until we started involving boys in this. So they understand what goes through a woman’s head EVERY SINGLE DAY on regular basis.”
Now I’m all
This is going to be good.
Then the thing went on with students. They had students act out scenes of sexual violence and then the two leaders (grad students) led a discussion on what just happened. The first scene was a dude “Gregg” getting a chick, “Jackie,” completely wasted and taking her up to his room to have sex. The scene showed bystanders and other things like that. The leaders asked us what could have happened to prevent the assault. The first guy to raise his hand was like, “Jackie could have not gotten drunk with people she didn’t know.”
My hand shot up like a rocket and the leader guy just pointed at me and I said, “Gregg could have not taken advantage of her when she was wasted.” And the leader was like “Exactly. And this goes for guys too watch out for YOUR friends so they don’t become THAT guy. Don’t let your friend be an asshole.” (More paraphrasing - bad memory, but he agreed with ME not dude - VALIDATION). They had really good statistics with scientific backing and I was impressed.
It was going good, but then one of the scenes showed an abusive relationship where the guy accused the girl of cheating with some dude named Mark. When we were having the discussion another guy asked “Well, did the girl have a history with Mark? Like does he have reason to suspect her?”
Before I could go all
The leader GUY answered, “Does it matter? It doesn’t. Nothing gives him the right to hit her, ever.”
Then they went into a powerpoint thingy about victim-blaming. And the leader girl said that you should be able to run naked down the street in February and have nothing happen to you except maybe frostbite.
This is me by now.
Then at the end they had the guys of the cast come out and say why they did this. One guy told a story about how he was walking home late one night and there was a girl in front of him on the same side and she crossed the street in front of him and slowed down then crossed back behind him. He talked at first about how he was offended like maybe she was afraid of him because he was carrying an instrument case that could hide a gun or maybe because he was black, but when he talked to his friends he realized that she was afraid of him because he was simply a man at night. And he understood. He realized that he needed to do this (sexual assault presentations) because there should be no reason that a woman would ever be afraid of him.
I liked that testimony because I like to hear things from a man’s point of view because so many sexual assault seminars are only attended by women.
I was so happy with the presentation in general, it was all informative and avoided victim-blaming and slut-shaming. It was totally awesome.
This gives me hope.
Beyond awesome. Filing under “The way shit should be”.
Yes holy shit this is fantastic. Every college should have this!
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who are you? i feel a certain familiarity somehow. :) and what theme do you use? i can't enable my ask button like that! :(
ok i'm rambling because i'm full and it's a friday. welcome to the comic community! we're good peoples.
Who am I? Just another geek on the web. ;) I’m also know as Kat and am a senoir in highschool if that is a better answer.
As for my theme I just use what ever tumblr started me with because I’m too lazy to change it.
Also thank you for the welcome it just gives the warm and fuzzies. :D