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Let’s Get Serious

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.

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  • Reply Jackie

    SO many props to you for participating in it.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Lix Hewett

    This is such an important thing to talk about. I have no ties whatsoever to Vanderbilt, but this type of thing goes on everywhere and talking about it helps everyone. Thank you for posting this.

    – Lix | A Classic Notion

    September 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply Lix Hewett

      For what it's worth, I think it's more than university response not being enough – victims of sexual assault are made to feel ashamed of admitting to it. Society tells them all the time about how it was their fault for how they were dressed/where they were/who they hang out with, and how certain forms of sexual assault aren't really assault or rape, and it makes light of those crimes constantly. I'd never blame a victim for not reporting a crime that was committed against her, and I think this 'why not report?' tagline shifts the blame like that in a way. But all in all, again, this is a really good thing to do and I'm glad you posted about it.

      September 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Afroditi Kat

    What a great post!Your blog is lovely!!!! Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin' ? xxx

    Gleaming Spire // Bloglovin'

    September 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm
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