A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, and 9% of them had been drugged before they were assaulted, according to a survey by the Association of American Universities. State laws must be improved to prosecute these crimes, and universities must do more. An Equal Rights Amendment would help long term.
How testing rape kits would have helped women in writer’s family, and others. One out of every six women will experience attempted or completed rape. One out of every thirty-three men will also experience it. It is so common that sadly, most of us know friends or loved ones who have been violated. We have seen DNA convict perpetrators as well as free those who were wrongly incarcerated. So why is it that we have such an incredibly large quantity of untested rape kits in North Carolina? The NCGA must allocate resources toward solving these crimes and preventing future crimes.
The National Organization for Women, in conjunction with the Feminist Majority Foundation, sponsored a one – day summit and congressional briefing in DC to address sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and schools,
#EnoughIsEnough. The goal of the summit was to have speakers from all walks of life – legislators, activists, academics and survivors – explore various facets of sexual violence in workplaces and in schools. The speakers would address needed improvements in law and policy, recommendations for the most effective methods in preventing and dealing with sexual violence, and strategies to craft a more survivor-centric legal system.
The first panel was a who’s who of legal minds from national organizations! The second panel looked at state laws (see photo). The third panel was about campus safety and Title IX. The lunchtime speaker spoke about reinstating VAWA. The fourth panel focused on sexual harassment in the workplace.
Read about it here.
The latest souped up rifle massacre in Parkland Florida on Valentines Day (2/14/18) may have more of a lasting impact that previous ones. These high schools students aren’t willing to put up with the status quo, and are pushing for change, reigniting people to fight for common sense laws.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threatens to rollback guidelines the Obama Administration provided to colleges and universities requiring them to handle rape allegations swiftly and fairly. DeVos claims that enforcing women’s civil rights under Title IX is unfair to accused rapists! Read more here.
July/August NC NOW newsletter documents some of the NOW and related activities around the state.
Recap of successful event on sexual assault on campus which featured documentary subject Annie Clark. What you can do now to reach and protect more students, parents and grandparents. Awareness is key to fix the system that puts students in such danger in the first place. Mostly but not only females are attacked.
Join us at the Hunting Ground documentary screening and discussion on Aug 8, 2017. The discussion will be led by one of the main subjects in the film, Annie Clark.
Do you know how unsafe universities are for undergraduates? 1 in 5 undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault on campus. Join us for event on campus assault on Aug 8, 2017. 6:30pm, at NCSU.
Community forum sharing stories from immigrant students, families and advocates about danger in schools, increased racist incidents, and what we can do about it.