Creating a New Culture
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 01:03
Kelley agreed that the attitude toward sexual assault, as reflected in everyday language, is problematic.
“No one in the history of the world has taken the word fondling seriously,” she said. “That is so invalidating of what happened to the survivor.”
The working group also supports efforts to create an amnesty policy such as the one included on the campaign platform of GUSA President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14) and Vice President Adam Ramadan (SFS ’14), who were sworn in last weekend. Measures of this kind would guarantee that students who report cases of sexual assault would not be punished for other disciplinary offenses, like alcohol policy violations, that occurred at the same time as their assault.
While many of the ideas being tossed around by the GUSA working group are still in their preliminary phases, Frank believes that this discussion is a strong first step for Georgetown.
However, the ultimate goal of these initiatives is to decrease rates of sexual violence on campus, and there is hope that programs like the one proposed for NSO can be institutionalized and create measurable change.
For that to happen, Subbaraman says Georgetown needs systemic changes, like more resources in Health Education Services, and more personal engagement.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t about providing brochures and buttons,” she said. “It’s one by one by one. It’s time-consuming and energy-consuming.”
If you or anyone you know has experienced sexual assault and is looking for assistance, please contact Jen Schweer, email@example.com, or the DC Rape Crisis Center Hotline at 202-333-RAPE. Health Education Services also provides resources for those who have experienced sexual assault at be.georgetown.edu.