Some of you might remember this article published in the Argus a month ago detailing the lack of campus resources for sexual assault survivors. The Feminist Network wants to do something about that and has created a petition it plans to send to President Roth. Erin Clark ’09 writes:
I am writing to ask you to take a moment of your time to sign this letter to President Michael Roth, which urges him, on behalf of the University at large, to make steps this academic year (and beyond) to improve upon the existing resources for sexual assault survivors and all students at Wesleyan. The proposed changes have been compiled using the results of a sexual assault survey conducted during the fall of last year by the Feminist Network, a student group.
Your support is absolutely essential to making these changes a priority. Sexual assault is a devastating social issue that must be taken more seriously at this campus so as to make sure that survivors have the best options available to them. We know that sexual assaults occur on this campus. We also know that they considerably underreported at Wesleyan, and that survivors are not always getting the help they need and deserve. Currently, Wesleyan’s response to sexual assault is considerably less coordinated than some of our peer institutions, notably Williams and Amherst. Furthermore, we believe that these improvements are necessary so as to send the clear message that sexual assault will not be ignored or tolerated on this campus.
Questions? Contact Erin at eclark@wes.[EDIT: I realized it might be easier if I had a separate link instead of burying it in the text above, so…here is the petition. -Ben, 10:59 PM]