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Sexual Assault

The ultimate active bystanders

We must eliminate the culture of silence on campuses across the nation. On my campus, most students do not have a problem admitting that sexual assault occurs, however, the culture surrounding sexual assault makes it an enigmatic issue where bystanders do not feel empowered to do something. As leaders in our communities we have to be the ultimate active bystanders and take initiative to put together engaging programs to tackle this issue and foster sustainable cultural change.

A shared approach to breaking the culture of sexual assault

On February 18, the Clayman Institute launched its 18-month symposium, “Breaking the Culture of Sexual Assault.” The series of lectures, panels and discussions digs deep into the issues surrounding sexual assault to uncover its underlying causes and engage the community in a conversation on potential solutions. The inaugural presentation, More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women, delivered by educator, author and leading anti-sexual assault advocate Jackson Katz, emphasized how gender violence harms men as well as women.

Lessons in anti-violence work from male allies

A growing number of men today are advocating for feminist causes, notable among them public figures such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and critically-acclaimed entertainer Aziz Ansari. However, as men join in the effort to promote gender equality, their experiences often involve navigating complex questions around what it means to be an ally. 

Men, masculinity and the persistent nature of gender inequality

Understanding the persistent nature of gender inequality requires an examination of men and women, masculinity and femininity. Too often, when we talk of gender, we talk of women; when we think of race, we think of people of color. The dominant groups—those who hold most power in society, such as men and white people—often go unexamined and unanalyzed. 

Student Corner: #AskMenMore: A female student's take on getting men involved in the conversation about sexual assault

The culminating speaker of the Clayman Institute’s “Breaking the Culture of Sexual Assault” series, Zerlina Maxwell believes that men are the key to stopping sexual assault. A lawyer by training, as well as a sexual assault survivor and activist, Maxwell boldly pushed back against well-meaning arguments that claim women need to change their behavior—dress modestly, carry weapons, or learn self-defense—in order to avoid assault during her BCSA lecture.

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