DEVOS' ALARMING APPROACH TO SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

Secretary DeVos’s statement made several things clear. She has little intention of challenging campus cultures of sexual assault or supporting prevention efforts. Rather, she will address what she believes to be the more pressing issues of false accusations and the seeming imbalance between the rights of survivors and those of the wrongly accused. The risk of false accusations is statistically negligible when compared the likelihood of experiencing sexual assault, but DeVos is once again ensuring that the reputations of a handful of (predominantly) white, middle class men take precedence over the safety of women, people of color, and sexual/gender minorities.

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5 LETTERS, ONE MESSAGE: #METOO

This week, social media learned just how powerful two small, simple words can be when put together: #MeToo. This hashtag was inspired by Tarana Burke, founder of Just Be Inc., and her idea of “empowerment through empathy.” By simply using these five letters, she has given women a platform to share their experiences with sexual assault harassment and show the world truly how prominent and pervasive these issues are.

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