shut up. i can do whatever i want.
in fact, it was exactly about that. seems like my e-mail is making the rounds amongst school officials — deans and the like. i’m hopeful.
i got an ominous voicemail from student life asking me to come into the office today. it’s got to be about the e-mail i sent re: victim blaming…
blarg watching holocaust survivors talk badly about palestinians breaks my heart
the feeling when you rsvp to a facebook event for a critical theory conference and you instantly identify the event image as one referenced by benjamin…
sooo i just sent this to campus security:
My name is Liz and I am writing about the e-mail that was sent out
earlier tonight regarding a sexual assault at 162 N State St. It
saddens me deeply to hear about the assault, but what really upsets me
is the disinformation you so blindly disseminated to the entire
campus, which includes a variety of assault survivors. The FTC’s
“security tips” are rife with victim blaming statements that shame
survivors of sexual assault into believing it was their fault. With
all due respect, Mr. Jackson, the best thing someone can do to prevent
sexual (and really any type of) assault is to, quite simply, not
assault anyone. I am irate at your poor decision to circulate
precisely the kinds of myths that contribute to a culture that accepts
and normalizes violence against women, reiterating the idea that a
woman can be at fault for her assailant’s actions.
Shame on you for further complicating this survivor’s ability to
understand what happened. At this person’s most vulnerable time, you
have essentially provided proof that it was his or her fault. Instead
of acting as a student advocate, you provided a list of reasons why
the student may have deserved this attack. Needless to say, I find
this deplorable. This student was extremely courageous to share his or
her story with you — many sexual assaults go unreported because
victims believe they won’t be taken seriously. Not surprising when,
for example, school authorities endorse victim blaming.
Unfortunately, it’s likely that this student will encounter many more
people in the future — friends, family, teachers, etc — who question
the survivor instead of the perpetrator. Since SAIC Security has
clearly demonstrated its own lack of understanding of these facts,
here are some basic tips you might want to include in future messages:
I strongly urge you to take a long, hard look at the statements you
issue regarding sexual assault. Although the statements originated
with the FTC and not SAIC, it is SAIC’s responsibility to filter and
assess such third party statements. I would like to see a campus-wide
e-mail sent out tomorrow, apologizing to all survivors of sexual
assault for this egregious oversight.
Thank you for your time and consideration.”
I’m in the process of writing the school right now. Rest assured, I’ll be blahggin’ any updates. This is unacceptable, and such a disappointment for an institution that handled my own sexual assault so well. To be fair, the FTC wrote those guidelines, but SAIC still needs to acknowledge and speak out against victim blaming, not disseminate it further.
Below is text from an e-mail I just received in my campus inbox. The bold text is mine.
This is Campus Security with a message to the SAIC community…
F U GRAD SCHOOL
reblogged for unfortunate parallels in my own life!
Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion (2010)
i’m adding this to my thesis.
i ain’t mad
can’t stop listening
There have been reports of men approaching single women, pretending to be a police officer or someone from an aid organization offering to take them to a ‘safer place’. They are trying to take advantage of stranded women during the crisis.
For those of you who live in Japan, spread this around to everyone you know.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE (rant time)
okay, so, seriously, i want to punch people in the face who believe rape is a crime of passion. rape is a crime based on lust, sure, but it’s based on a lust for power, control, domination, and exploitation. like, say, the exploitation of trust that a person might give to someone he or she thinks is an official trying to help them after an insane natural disaster.
here is a clear example of a population of women whose vulnerability is heightened, and what happens? they get raped. the tragedy of these acts is increased because this is a common occurrence after natural disasters leave large populations homeless and bereft (see hurricane katrina, haiti earthquake, etc).
oof. nostalgia! so many things make me think of you guys. i wish we were hanging out!