This should be interesting. FOX News comes to Wesleyan in the form of a corporate-sponsored forum on relationship violence.
Brought to you by the Hartford Courant, FOX News CT, and Wesleyan University:
“The Person You Think You Know: Signs and Solutions of Campus Violence”
Almost half of college students have experienced abuse in a relationship, according to a 2008 study. Abuse can range from cyber-stalking to beatings and rape. Four experts will look at relationship violence on campuses, how to recognize danger signs and get help.
The four panelists will be:
- Jaclyn Friedman ’93, a performer and co-editor of Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (check out her recent article on the topic and the Yes Means Yes blog)
- Connie J. Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University in Virginia and a national expert on campus stalking
- Janet Peckinpaugh, a broadcast journalist who has been a victim of stalking and domestic violence
- Claire Potter, professor of American studies here at Wesleyan University, whose research includes the study of violence against women
The panel will be moderated by Laurie Perez, of FOX News CT.
Don’t let the scare tactics in the title throw you off. I think this is going to be a really interesting opportunity to hear different perspectives on violence on college campuses, of which there are, unfortunately, far too many examples. The effectiveness of our university’s sexual assault prevention and response policies have been called into question by students and alumni as of late, and it’s worth it as members of this community to weigh in. Changes in administrative policy would affect huge numbers of our campus’ population. That’s just my two cents.
Date: TOMORROW, Tuesday April 27
Time: 6 – 7:15 pm
Place: Beckham Hall