“No” Never Means “Yes”: Ending Campus Sexual Assault
Join us for a discussion with survivor-activists, thought leaders, and advocates about the current state of campus sexual assault and what can be done about it. Our panelists include author Dr. Michael Kimmel and activists Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, Farah Tanis, and Anna Utsinger.
Despite being part of a culture in which a video of fraternity brothers chanting “No means yes” goes viral, an increasing number of students who have been sexually assaulted on campus are coming forward about their experiences. In fact, it is student survivors who have ignited a national movement to tackle both the epidemic of sexual assault on campus and the well-documented lack of effective response from the colleges and universities they hoped would support them.
Director, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinites
Stony Brook University
Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is an author of more than 20 books, including Manhood in America (1996), Guyland (2008), and Angry White Men (2013). A professor at Stony Brook University, he works on campuses to engage men to support gender equality. He co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times with Gloria Steinem supporting “yes means yes” policies. Three days later, Governor Cuomo announced that “yes means yes” would now be the rule on all SUNY campuses.
Title IX Activist
Ridolfi-Starr is a student activist who has emerged as a powerful voice for sexual assault policy reform on college campuses. While her activism began at Columbia, including co-founding the student group No Red Tape and organizing the Title IX complaint against the University, she has since expanded her efforts across the city and state. She is also currently a campaign coordinator for Know Your IX, a national organization that educates students on their rights and pursues policy and legislative reform.
Black Women’s Blueprint
Tanis, a transnational Black feminist, is co-founder of Black Women’s Blueprint, a civil and human rights organization that works to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. The Truth Commission on Black Women and Sexual Violence, the organization’s largest initiative, aims to end rape and sexual assault in Black communities and on historically Black college campuses.
Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER)
Utsinger draws on her study of trauma psychology in her work as a researcher, writer, and advocate for survivors of sexual violence. At SAFER, she helps empower students to become leaders in reforming sexual assault policies on their own campuses. While on fellowship with the nonprofit Sexual Health Innovations, she worked on Callisto, an online system aimed at increasing reporting rates for sexual assault on campuses by providing a more empowering, transparent, and confidential reporting experience for survivors.
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