Following several years of debate surrounding the University’s collection of information on sexual assault and misconduct, Stanford will launch a campus climate survey with a widened definition of sexual assault.
The Stanford Greek community participated in an Escalation Workshop in partnership with the One Love Foundation last week, representing an effort to promote awareness of and protection against relationship violence.
Charlotte Ward was in eighth grade when she met Yeardley Love. The UVA women’s lacrosse team had just beaten Harvard, 13-9, in Cambridge, and several of the Cavalier players were lingering around the field afterwards. Ward was in attendance for that game and was lingering herself: Despite living some 500 miles from Charlottesville, she had grown…
Mass-distributed fantasy is a dangerous game. E.L. James invites us into a world without inhibitions, where we can shed logical limitations in favor of a completely foreign experience. But even in the fantasy-world movies represent, there should be some uncrossable line we lay out for our protagonists.
We as students can and should expect our administration to play a proactive role in addressing violence against women, rather than waiting to institute change until public anger surfaces. Thus, I urge SARA to live up to its name and not treat relationship abuse as an aside, casually slapped on to the end of an acronym, but rather address it with the severity that its victims and survivors deserve.
Four percent of Stanford students reported having been raped, while seven percent reported having been sexually penetrated against their will and 15 percent reported engaging in intercourse under pressure, according to preliminary data from a survey of roughly 4,000 students conducted by Health Promotion and Services (HPS). Donnovan Yisrael ‘88, M.A. ‘89, HPS manager of relationship and sexual health programs, and Byrd Bannick ‘13 presented the results of the data to students at the Women’s Community Center Thursday evening.
Halfway through its first academic year, the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Education & Response has established an initiative to get more male students involved in issues of sexual assault and relationship abuse, collaborating with other parts of the University to set up workshops and training sessions. In the future, the office plans to establish campus protocols for dealing with sexual assault, according to Angela Exson, assistant dean of SARA.
On April 12, President Hennessy released an executive order to lower the standard of proof from “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” to “Preponderance of the Evidence” in cases on sexual assault and relationship abuse. The decision came on the heels of Vice President Biden’s stern call to U.S. universities to better account for campus sexual violence.