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There are 8 comments on Sexual Assault Awareness Week Begins Today

  1. I’m really disappointed in the BU today email. Don’t they realize how triggering it is for a survivor to open their emails and the first subject line they see is “sexual assault” ?

    1. So they should limit the clarity of an article headline? Isn’t it a little ridiculous to limit speech in order to protect any potential problems it could create?

    2. At the same time, this is an article promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Week. A week of events at the University happening during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month…all in an effort to bring awareness to the issue and fighting to end sexual violence. This is being done in support of people on your side of the line. How can that conversation happen if press and people are constantly censoring the discussion?

      Please don’t misunderstand me–It sounds like you may be a victim and I’m not at all trying to undermine the feelings of you or any victim of such horrible violence. I’m simply trying to convey another perspective.

    3. I feel like a great common ground in respect to this would be to abbreviate it to “SA awareness month” or “SA awareness week”. That would have helped me a lot.

  2. As a survivor, I am against extensive censoring of the important language involved in sexual assault, rape, and other forms of abuse as it makes it easier for those who need to be included in the conversations (people who support and perpetuate rape culture, bigots, and abusers alike) to minimize the actions that cause so much harm to so many people.

    I think trigger warnings are ok when it’s to warn folks about detailed accounts of depictions of certain acts that may be triggering. But to include a trigger warning for a cause that is to help spread awareness and therefore support of victims/survivors and to essentially water-down the title of an article because we can never be too PC enough is ridiculous.

  3. Thank you for sharing this week’s list of events! The more people know about sexual assault and have avenues for talking about it in healthy ways, the more we can prevent SA. I hope that, for next year, organizers and participants create programs geared towards raising awareness among men and boys. Tackling the more damaging aspects of masculinity that contribute to rape culture and laissez-faire attitude many have towards sexual violence against women is crucial.

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