I love writing on here because it’s a creative outlet and an excuse for me to talk about things that I like. Usually, I talk about things that are (I’ll admit) a little frivolous. Today is not one of those days. Today we’re getting seriously. (To be 100% honest, if you are triggered by sexual violence, stop reading. Now.)
Back in June, there was an attack that shocked many members of the Vanderbilt community. A horrific act of sexual violence was committed by members of the Vanderbilt football team against another member of the community. At first, many of us felt that the university dealt with it the right way. The members were dismissed from the team, and they’re not allowed back on campus.
However, as time went on, many of us became dissatisfied with the university’s response. We did not feel this way about this case alone. Although sexual violence and assault are talked about much more frequently now than they used to be, there is much room for improvement with how we as a society deal with the perpetrators and treat the victims. This also applies to Vanderbilt’s campus.
Many of my sorority sisters and I decided to try and do something about it on Vanderbilt’s campus. For the record, we are all alumnae. Yes, I live in Nashville now, but I graduated last year. We have such a love for Vanderbilt and the community that we still want to influence how the future ‘Dores experience our beloved university.
To start off, we gathered information. We created and sent out a survey about people being a victim, knowing a victim, the response of the university, and the response of the victim. For example, if you/your friend was assaulted, did they reach out to a representative of the university? Why or why not? Who? Were they helpful? etc.
In 72 hours, we received 391 responses. This can also be found on Buzzfeed.