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Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Rage Update

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Students march to South College as part of ISTHISWHY Campaign

Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual assault. Community and official support resources can be accessed here, here, and here.

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

For some reason, this post was not included in last year’s Unofficial Orientation Series, even though we had some major student activism occurring during the 2014-2015 school year. Before I link to some of that history and go more in-depth as to some actions occurring this past year, I want to start by quoting alt‘s incredibly well-written intro to the 2014 Rage Update:

Speak Out Against Sexual and Gender Violence Part II

20385_10153279185693126_2128550882176541150_nFrom Natalie Ancona ’15:

Last semester’s speak out in Usdan was an incredible moment in which our community came together to speak openly, honestly, and compassionately about sexual assault and gender violence of all kinds. As a continuation of that conversation, we will be holding another speak out in Usdan on Thursday April 30th from 5-8pm (or as long as it needs to go).

Please feel welcome to share a short piece about your experiences, whether they are related to the administration or to your community in or outside of Wesleyan. Write about whatever you feel is important to point out as contributing to sexual/gender discrimination and violence.

If you feel comfortable speaking publicly, we would like to support you in doing so. Know that you will be physically surrounded by people both sharing their own stories and supporting their peers. If you’re not comfortable speaking publicly, you can choose to write a piece that someone else will read, anonymously or not.

Please email Natalie Ancona at nancona@wesleyan.edu or Chloe Murtaugh (cmurtaugh@wesleyan.edu) letting us know if you’d like to speak at the event, or with your piece to be read by someone else. Anyone is welcome to speak during the event without having contacted us beforehand.

Date: Today
Time: 5 pm
Place: Usdan

How Much Longer Will We Carry That Weight?

Disclaimer: The writer of this post is not affiliated with the organizations mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this post are hir own.  

As the Board of Trustees flocked to campus this weekend, two campus organizations staged awareness-raising events. The first event, last Friday, was run by Students for Consent and Communication (SFCC). The second, on Saturday, was organized by the Feminist Art and Thought Collective (FATC) and Feminist Underground (FU). While each collective chose its own symbolic gesture, their question is essentially the same.

How much longer will the Wesleyan student body have to bear the oppressive weight of campus sexual violence?

Photo courtesy of SFCC

Photo courtesy of SFCC