Come down to the GSU basement and check out The Center!
Here are some happenings this week:
Tuesday:Voices for Choice (VOX) @5:15
Wednesday: Leadership Meeting (all welcome!) @5
Friday: Free Bagel Friday (all day) and Queer Activist Collective @5
PRESIDENT BROWN ANNOUNCES ESTABLISHMENT OF
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE CENTER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
BOSTON, May 3– Boston University President Robert A. Brown announced via email Monday
morning the establishment of a center dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual assault on
campus. The center is expected to be operational by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
The CGSA is proud to be part of an institution that takes sexual assault and interpersonal violence
seriously. In creating this center, Boston University is proving its commitment to student safety and
wellbeing and is a true leader among higher education institutions.
The CGSA would like to recognize the group of dedicated students who worked tirelessly in
drafting a detailed proposal of the sexual assault prevention office. This 30 page proposal included
a comprehensive plan for the implementation of this center, including: staffing guides, roles of
counselors, medical services, judicial proceedings and relationship to the BU Police Department, a
projected budget and timeline. More
The CGSA is having its last volunteer training of the semester on Tuesday! We are a completely volunteer run space, and would not be able to stay open without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteer training includes an introduction to the space, and a crash course on all the wonderful things CGSA volunteers do. Facebook Event
Training starts at 6:30, in the CGSA, located in the basement of the GSA, near the Terrier Card office
The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism (CGSA) values working with student groups and academic departments to produce empowering and diverse programming at Boston University. Every event we choose to endorse must align with our core values and meet the requirements our co-sponsorship policy.
The CGSA refuses to co-sponsor the Sexual Assault/Date Rape Symposium for the following reasons:
- It is inappropriate to “role-play” sexual assault. Sexual assault is not a game. Role-playing creates a script for sexual assault by exemplifying behaviors that are dangerous and could lead to acts of sexual assault.
- Traumatizing tactics: The beginning of the event asks survivors to stand up and make themselves known, capitalizing on survivor’s experiences to make a point.
- Insensitive: The role-playing exercise is predicated on the assumption that there are multiple ways to interpret a case of sexual assault–or that there might be ambiguity or a “gray area” when it occurs. This disempowers and casts doubt on survivors.
- “Sexual Assault/Date Rape”: Separating sexual assault and “date rape” trivializes the experiences of survivors by suggesting that “date rape” is separate from and less severe than sexual assault. The term “date rape” itself is an inappropriate term for its intended meaning because it suggests that it must happen either during a “date” or be perpetrated by someone dating the survivor.
- The role-playing event, as admitted by Professor Hobert in the Task Force meeting on Wednesday, April 11th has no data to back up the success rate he claims. The event has also only been used for middle and high school students and is inappropriate for its intended audience on Saturday.
- The proposed portrayal of a sexual assault could not possibly represent the experiences of all survivors, and seeking to do so belittles their experiences.
Ever wonder how our student-run Center hosts weekly events, maintains a website, has a rotating art gallery, updated health, sexual assault and education resources in our library and keeps our doors open Monday – Friday? We have a dedicated 11 person board and over 50 volunteers, committed to gender equality, anti-oppression, empowerment, consensus, and action. We devote our time and energy to advocate for students on campus and strive to uphold our core values and mission. As the year is quickly drawing to a close, it is time to hold elections for our board positions. This is a great way to get involved in activist organizing and Center leadership. Click here for position descriptions and here for an application. Applications are due Monday, April 16th at 5:00pm to Gabrielle Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Open Letter to the Boston University Community:
As advocates working to educate, prevent, and respond to sexual assaults on campus, the members of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism (CGSA) find the April Fool’s print-only edition of the Daily Free Press deeply disturbing, harmful and offensive. While the responsibility for the Disney Free Press falls on the Daily Free Press editorial board, we would like to go beyond addressing this specific incident and instead focus on a deeper cultural norm that encourages this kind of humor. We have divided this letter into sections to address our problem with the Disney Free Press and ways we can move forward as a Boston University community, dedicated to addressing and preventing sexual violence.
Students hold candles to pay respect to survivors of sexual violence as they listen to the speak out.
Check out more pictures from the event!
The Feminist Collective, a group that meets under the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism at Boston University is hosting a Take Back the Night march and rally on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 PM at the BU Beach with support from the university. Take Back the Night is a sex-positive, anti-violence and sexual assault awareness campaign.
The goal of Take Back the Night is to empower students who have felt endangered by going out at night, especially survivors of sexual assault. The audience and participants will be comprised of all genders and from diverse populations of the BU community.
Students, administrators, faculty and community members will come together for a speak-out, rally and march through BU’s campus, ending in celebration back at the BU Beach with music and theater performances. The rally will include speeches by nationally Certified Sexuality Educator Megan Andelloux, an in-depth explanation of consent, what it means to be a bystander, and an emphasis on the importance of the entire BU community to ensure safety and support of peers and students. More
Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30PM in CAS 313 (725 Commonwealth Ave.)
There are two things most Americans know about “female genital mutilation” . . . that it happens in Africa, and that it is very very bad. In the context of stopping violence against women everywhere, Dr. Lisa Wade explores how Americans frame their opposition to “FGM” per…formed abroad and a logic full of loopholes for American genital cutting practices like cosmetic surgery. A must-see for those seeking an anti-colonial, transnational feminism and sociologists everywhere.
Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Sociology Association and the Center for Gender Sexuality and Activism at Boston University!
Join the campaign! Add your voice to our online petition by clicking the link and writing a few sentences about why you support a rape crisis center at BU.
In light of recent events, the establishment of a rape crisis center at Boston University is fitting and necessary at the university. This center would include a physical space, paid employees for both counseling and preventive work, and a budget to do outreach on campus and education programming for both students and staff. A rape crisis center would help Boston University to better serve its students by providing them with tools to prevent and cope with sexual assault crises, and to lead the way in providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of the Boston University community.
It’s been made clear, through recent events as well as in the undercurrent of a culture that excuses attackers and makes many students feel unsafe both on and off campus, that this center is both a necessary and obvious step for Boston University to create. Outside an understaffed Behavioral Medicine department, we lack safe spaces for survivors of assault to seek help, counseling, referrals, and guidance. And, clearly, our prevention measures are not enough. We all want Boston University to be the safest learning and living environment for our students that it can be, and I believe that this center is a large part of achieving that goal.
As a member of this community who is concerned with the emotional and physical welfare of our students, support the creation of a rape crisis center on campus. And with the sending of this letter, I encourage the administration to support our students by providing this center with the resources to make Boston University a safer and more progressive atmosphere. Join the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism at Boston University and support the establishment of a rape crisis center at Boston University.